If you’ve lost one or more teeth in a row, a fixed bridge is an effective solution to fill the gap. All-ceramic material is used to make your replacement teeth match your natural ones. Although no metal is used, your new teeth can thrive for many years with the right aftercare. Here are a few tips to ensure your dental bridge lifespan is a decade or longer.
How Long Does a Dental Bridge Last?
A fixed bridge is the most traditional treatment to replace 1 or more consecutive missing teeth. Your dentist takes an impression of your mouth to recreate the portions of your teeth visible above the gum line. The bridge is held in place by bonding dental crowns over the adjacent teeth.
According to a study by the Cleveland Clinic, the average bridge lasts for 5 to 7 years before needing to be replaced; however, the University of Rochester Medical Center reports that can last for 10 years or more with the proper care.
Why Do Dental Bridges Fail?
A fixed bridge relies on abutment teeth to support it. Dental crowns are bonded over them. While this gives the natural tooth structure a layer of protection, it also increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Harmful bacteria can be trapped in the small space where the crown meets the gum tissue, which increases the likeliness of needing a root canal. If this occurs, the entire dental bridge can fail.
How Can I Prevent Dental Bridge Failure?
The best way to ensure your bridge and crowns last is through the power of prevention and a healthy diet. Here 3 tips to preserve your complete smile:
- Commit to Your Oral Hygiene
Use a soft-bristled toothpaste and nonabrasive toothpaste to clean all surfaces of your teeth and your gums at least twice a day for 2 minutes each session. Floss between each tooth and around the crown every day. Don’t forget to floss under the bridge as well.
- Limit Sugars and Starches
It’s best to eat a balanced diet that’s limited in sugars and starches. If you can’t ignore your sweet tooth, brush and floss your teeth well afterward. When picking your snacks, avoid any that are overly hard, chewy, or sticky to avoid damaging your bridge and crowns.
Visit your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. They’ll check your bridge at every appointment to look for any areas of concern to prevent it from failing.
Your dental bridge can last for many years if you commit to your oral hygiene and a healthy lifestyle. Your dentist can give you the complete, beautiful smile you deserve.
About Aesthetic Dentistry by Design
Aesthetic Dentistry by Design provides advanced dental services to treat even the most complex issues, like tooth loss. We offer the latest options to replace missing teeth, including traditional bridges and implant-supported prosthetics. If you’re ready to rebuild your smile, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.