When you’re missing a tooth, you’re going to want to get it replaced sooner rather than later. In most cases, patients opt for dental bridges, which provide an affordable solution for single or multiple consecutive missing teeth. If you’re learning about treatment for the first time, you’re probably wondering how long they last for and what you can do to ensure you get the most out of them. To learn from a dentist what you can expect and the factors that most influence your dental bridge lifespan, keep reading!
How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?
While the answer to this question can vary depending on who you ask, dental bridges generally last anywhere between 5 and 15 years. The answer varies because certain types of dental bridges can last longer than others. However, when practicing sufficient oral hygiene, there’s a good chance that you can make them last for at least 10 years or longer. In rare cases, they can even last the rest of your life.
Why Do Dental Bridges Fail?
In order for a dental bridge to fit confidently onto teeth, enamel needs to be removed so they can act as abutments (or anchors) for the restoration. However, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry notes that doing this can increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease around the modified teeth. If any of these supporting teeth fail, the entire bridge can fail with it.
How You Can Avoid Bridge Failure
The good news is you can avoid dental bridge failure if you simply keep to a tooth-friendly diet and reduce your consumption of foods that put stress dental bridges, reducing their lifespan. For example, eating fruit, vegetables, and fiber are better options for your oral and overall health compared to meat. It’s also best to avoid sugary and starchy foods which increase the risk of tooth decay. To avoid excessive pressure on dental bridges, avoid tough, hard, or chewy foods like nuts, caramel, and popcorn.
The Best Tips for Taking Care of Your Dental Bridge
In order to make your dental bridge last longer, make sure to:
- Brush at least twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste
- Floss at least once a day, making sure to focus on the underside of the bridge where food can easily become trapped.
- Use a floss threader for easier maintenance.
- Make sure to visit a dentist once every six months for a professional cleaning and exam.
At the end of the day, the lifespan of a dental bridge is affected by oral care habits. If you’re considering a dental bridge, get in touch with a dentist and they’ll help you get started planning your next tooth replacement!
About Indianapolis Family Dentistry
Outside of their formal dental education, Dr. Farthing and Dr. Tepner have both completed training at the prestigious Dawson Academy. Their expertise includes occlusion (the way in which teeth come together) and tooth replacement, which ensures your future restorations will fit comfortably and evenly following your next treatment. To schedule a consultation or learn more about dental bridge placement, you can contact them through their website.