When you need to get your teeth replaced, dental bridges are a great treatment option to consider. Instead of having to insert multiple dental crowns, a dental bridge consists of two anchoring teeth that act as anchor points for the teeth in between. This allows patients to quickly replace multiple teeth.
We get many questions about dental bridges, and one of the most common questions is how long do dental bridges last. On average, a dental bridge will last around 10 to 15 years but in our practice the average is much longer. We are here to inspire you to exceed these averages. What happens when a dental bridge needs to be replaced, and how can you make your dental bridge last longer? Here are a few tips to make the most of your dental bridge from the experts at Fine Dental Care.
What happens to dental bridges over time?
Dental bridges are designed with your smile in mind. However, several things can cause a dental bridge to fail over time. This includes the following:
- Tooth and gum decay - which is the #1 reason
- Cracks & chips due to constantly clenching, grinding, eating hard and chewy foods, though this is rare due to the incredible new materials crowns & bridges are made from now
- Smoking, vaping, and using similar carcinogenic substances which can lead to breakdown of teeth and gums
So what should you do if your dental bridge falls out? Save it, and book an appointment with your dentist as quickly as possible. Your dentist will examine your mouth and determine whether the bridge can be reattached, or if a different oral solution is better for your teeth.
How can I extend the lifespan of a dental bridge?
Good oral hygiene habits can make a dental bridge last longer and in most instances 20, 30 years or even longer. Make sure you are doing the following to maintain your dental bridge:
- Brush and floss at least twice daily
- Visit your dentist for cleaning, check-ups and a fluoride varnish (which is dramatic in how it prevents cavities) semi-annually
Are there more permanent alternatives to dental bridges?
Dental bridges are a great solution for replacing missing teeth, but there is a more permanent dental solution to consider. If you’re unsure about the longevity of dental bridges, you may want to consult your dentist about dental implants. Dr. Fine has been working with Dental Implants since 1989. There are new techniques that allow the placement of implants with little to no discomfort.
Both dental bridges and dental implants provide great looking teeth that will restore your smile. Consult your dentist about the best solution for your personal needs.
Get Dental Bridges or Implants from Fine Dental Care
Are you looking for expert dental care in or near Wayne, New Jersey? Then you should consider paying a visit to Fine Dental Care. Our practice has provided cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry services to patients in the surrounding area since 1987. Outside of dental bridges and implants, we also offer a wide range of other treatment solutions that will help you obtain a brighter and straighter smile.
Contact us today if you have any questions, and we look forward to helping you here at Fine Dental Care.