How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?

DentalDental bridges function as a replacement for missing teeth and assist in the prevention of dental issues when the surrounding teeth alter their positions to fill the gap of the missing tooth/teeth. While dental bridges can seem like the cure-all solution, people may wonder how long this treatment lasts. Fortunately, dental bridges can provide an incredible amount of durability and stability for much longer than some people realize.

Dental Bridge Lifespan

Dental bridges typically last upwards of a full decade. In some instances, dental bridges can last longer than a decade. The lifespan of dental bridges partially hinges on whether the patient takes good care of this oral healthcare solution. One's oral care routine and even his diet matter a great deal. Yet there is no concrete timeline for the functionality and effectiveness of dental bridges.

Disagreement Over Dental Bridge Expectations

Dental authorities have unique opinions about the anticipated lifespan of dental bridges. In general, one can expect a minimum of at least five years. Some dentists are adamant dental bridges will last between seven and ten years. Others report this oral healthcare device can last more than a decade without a problem. Those who perform proper oral hygiene really can enjoy more than 10 years of service from their dental bridges.

Is There Potential for Dental Bridges to Fail?

It is possible for dental bridges to fail. The fitting of a dental bridge typically involves filing down teeth adjacent to the missing tooth's space. This allows for crowns that support the false tooth. However, if the supporting tooth eventually fails, it is possible for the dental bridge to fail sooner than the anticipated lifespan. The odds of dental bridge failure can be greatly reduced by consuming healthy foods and avoiding foods that stress the dental bridges. Ideally, patients will eat vegetables, fruit and food with fiber for proper oral health. Try to avoid starchy and sugary foods as they lead to dental decay. Hard and/or sticky foods like popcorn, nuts and caramel can also increase the pressure on dental bridges as an individual chews food.

Extend the Lifespan of Your Dental Bridges

If one properly cares for his or her dental bridges, they will last much longer than if neglected. Proper care means regular oral care along with periodic professional cleaning. Brush the teeth on a regular basis. Regular flossing cares for the outside portion of dental bridges. Such particles will also lead to the decay of adjacent teeth unless removed by brushing/flossing. A floss threader will help to move the floss below the bridge to reach the trapped food.

How About Dental Bridges for Young Patients?

If dental bridges are placed in the mouth of a young patient, it is possible that a new bridge will be required sooner than would be necessary for an adult. This is due to the fact that a young person's bones and gums change during the aging process. Such growth can lead to complications including an unsightly appearance that requires an alteration or replacement.

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