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The Lifespan of Dental Bridges

May 6, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — mydaytonadentist @ 7:59 pm

Model of a fixed dental bridgeDental bridges have been used for generations to treat tooth loss because they are effective and provide long-lasting results. On average, a fixed dental bridge can last for 5 to 15 years before needing to be replaced. However, many factors will affect your restoration’s life expectancy. Here’s how to get the most from your dental bridge.

Factors Affecting Dental Bridge Lifespans

Every mouth and situation is unique. Therefore, many things can determine how long it will take before you need a replacement bridge, like:

  • The Quality of Materials: Discounted materials can save you money initially, but you can pay more down the road. Low-quality materials may not be durable or aesthetically pleasing. It’s best to invest in high-quality materials to ensure your restoration serves you for many years.
  • Length of the Restoration: A fixed dental bridge can replace one or more lost teeth in a row. However, most dentists do not recommend bridges for more than three teeth. Although it is possible, longer restorations may not be as stable. The number of teeth replaced with a bridge can affect its lifespan.
  • Oral Hygiene Habits: Good oral hygiene habits are essential for keeping your mouth healthy and protecting your bridge from damage. Brush your teeth at least twice a day for 2 minutes. Floss your teeth every day to remove bacteria and plaque your toothbrush couldn’t reach.
  • Diet and Lifestyle: Smoking and drinking a lot of alcohol can cause your dental bridge to fail. In addition, it’s best to moderate your consumption of hard or chewy foods to avoid putting unnecessary wear and tear on your restoration.
  • Routine Dental Care: Visiting your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup will keep your mouth healthy and your dental bridge functioning at its best. Your dentist will monitor your oral health to look for anything concerning. They’ll check your bridge at each appointment to ensure it’s not damaged.

Consider an Implant-Supported Bridge

As an alternative to a traditional bridge, you can benefit from a longer-lasting solution with dental implants. Your bridge will be supported by one or two dental implants, which are surgically placed into your jawbone to serve as new tooth roots. Your bridge won’t rely on healthy teeth for support. With the right aftercare, implant-supported bridges can last for 30 years or longer, so you’ll never have to budget for replacements. 

No matter the method, you can enjoy a complete, beautiful smile for many years by giving your restoration the attention it needs.

About Dr. David R. Lloyd

Dr. Lloyd is a graduate of the Emory University School of Dentistry and regularly advances his training in various specialties, including aesthetics, general, and implant dentistry. He is a member of many professional organizations, including the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Dental Association. Request an appointment through his website or call his office at (386) 267-4907.

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