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How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?

June 13, 2024
How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?

When one or more adjacent teeth need to be replaced, a dental bridge is a potential solution. A dental bridge uses the remaining teeth for support, providing a row of artificial teeth that restores the look and function of your smile. 

If you’re considering tooth replacement options, an important factor in your decision may be how long the restoration will last. Learn how long dental bridges last and other important information about replacing teeth. 

What is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is a row of artificial teeth that are connected. Each end of the bridge is a crown that is made to fit over the remaining tooth on each side of the gap. The pontics (artificial teeth) are suspended between the crowns and sit on top of the gums. A bridge can replace anywhere from 1-3 teeth in a row.  

Average Lifespan of a Dental Bridge 

A dental bridge may last anywhere from 5-15 years, with an average lifespan of about 10 years. In some cases a bridge may last beyond this range, but it depends on a variety of factors. 

Factors That Affect the Lifespan of a Dental Bridge 

The following factors may impact how long your dental bridge lasts: 

  • Oral hygiene. A dental bridge may last longer when you keep it and the rest of your teeth clean and free of plaque. It is necessary to brush your teeth twice a day and clean under your bridge. A bridge relies on healthy teeth for support, and good oral hygiene habits will help keep the support teeth clean and strong. 
  • Regular dental visits. Going to the dentist every 6 months for teeth cleanings and oral evaluations can also help your bridge last longer. Your dentist can provide thorough cleaning of your bridge and will evaluate the condition and fit of your bridge to determine if any adjustments need to be made. 
  • Eating habits. There are some foods that may damage your dental bridge, such as extremely hard, crunchy, or chewy foods. It is best to avoid chewing these types of foods in the area of your bridge. 
  • Teeth grinding. If you grind your teeth, at night or during the day, it can potentially damage your bridge or the support teeth over time. 

Alternatives to Dental Bridges 

There are other solutions for replacing missing or damaged teeth, such as dental implants. A dental implant completely replaces a tooth, including the root. It consists of a titanium post that is placed in the jaw where it fuses with the bone. A crown is attached to the implant to replace a single tooth. When a few teeth in a row need to be replaced, two implants can be placed for an implant supported bridge. In the case of a full mouth restoration, 4-6 implants can support a full arch denture. Dental implants are more secure than bridges and provide a more natural appearance. They also last for 30 years or more, often for the rest of your life. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Bridges

Is a dental bridge better than a dental implant? 

Dental implants are considered to be the highest quality tooth replacement option. However, bridges cost less and are an option for patients who have bone loss in the jaw due to missing teeth. You and your dentist can determine the best option for you. 

How do I clean my dental bridge? 

You should brush your teeth as you normally would, including the area where your bridge is located. Floss around your bridge and use a small round brush or water flosser to clean the area under your bridge where it sits against the gums. 

Find Out Which Option is Right For You 

If you have one or more teeth that need to be replaced, schedule a consultation with Hi-Fi Dental to discuss your options. After a brief evaluation we can make a recommendation for the best tooth replacement option for you. 

Call 602-242-5445 or contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment. 

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