On March 21, 2017
How long do dental bridges last? Dental bridges generally last for at least eight to 10 years before you may need it repaired or replaced. In some cases, people continue using the same bridge for up to 20 years or more.
If you are missing teeth, your dentist may recommend dental bridges to replace one or more upper or lower teeth. Bridges are mostly removable devices (some are permanent) comprised of a porcelain crown fused to metal or porcelain bridges All-porcelain dental bridges are more aesthetically pleasing and applicable to replace front teeth, while porcelain fused to metal bridges are stronger and designed to replace molars and pre-molars.
Durability of dental bridges depends on the quality of materials used to make them and how well you take care of them. Bridges replacing back teeth may not last as long as bridges replacing front teeth because of powerful chewing forces stressing back bridges.
What Are Common Problems With Older Dental Bridges?
Unless bridges are properly cleaned every day using a toothbrush, toothpaste or other appropriate cleaner, oral bacteria can sneak under the bridge and through crowns and start decaying abutment teeth. If compromised enough, deteriorating abutment teeth may fracture. Underlying metal could break as well if removable bridges are mishandled or handled roughly.
If your bridge is damaged or does not feel comfortable, please call our dental office to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
Caring for Dental Bridges
Brushing bridges at least twice daily is essential for removing food trapped within components of the bridge. You should also brush the gummy area where the bridge replaces teeth to ensure no mouth debris is trapped under your bridge. After cleaning your bridge, hold it under running water for a minute to further help remove particles and bacteria.
Avoid eating hard, chewy foods if you have bridges replacing molars or pre-molars. Chewing forcefully stresses bridgework and may contribute to premature damage. If you crave nuts or chewy foods, cut them into small pieces and eat them one or two at a time to reduce stress on your bridges.
Our dental hygienist can show you how to properly care for your bridge if you would like more information about maintaining your bridge in the best condition possible.
If you would like to learn more about the benefits of dental bridges for replacing missing teeth, please call our office today at (623) 633-7356. For patients who have received bridges from Donoho Dental Associates and need their bridges evaluated for damage, we invite them to stop in at their convenience.