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How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?

April 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drayer @ 8:58 pm
Dental bridge

If you have lost one or more teeth in a row, a dental bridge may be the best way for you to enjoy a complete smile again. These appliances have been used to replace teeth for centuries, and modern versions effectively restore chewing ability while being incredibly lifelike, meaning that casual observers won’t even notice them. Here’s what you should know about the lifespan of a dental bridge and how you can make sure that yours lasts for as long as possible.

How Long Can My Dental Bridge Last?

While dental bridges can be a long-term investment, they are not considered permanent. The lifespan of your dental bridge largely depends on your diet, lifestyle, and oral hygiene routine. While a bridge may last for five to seven years, with proper care it can last for up to fifteen years. In some cases, a dental bridge can last for a lifetime if the patient takes the utmost care of it.

How Can I Take Proper Care of My Dental Bridge?

The first part of caring for your dental bridge is practicing the same oral hygiene routine that you would for your real teeth, which should include a daily regimen of brushing at least twice as well as flossing and using antibacterial mouthwash. It’s also important to continue seeing your dentist at least twice a year for routine checkups and cleanings so they can tend to and monitor your bridge and real teeth.

However, dental bridges also have a few special hygiene requirements. If your bridge is removable, you’ll have to take it out and clean it on a daily basis to eliminate food debris and plaque. A few tips for this process include:

  • Fill your sink with cool water and place folded towels over your countertop to create a cushion in case you drop your bridge.
  • Clean your bridge with cool water with a soft-bristled toothbrush or denture brush. You can also use denture cleaner, but toothpaste is too abrasive for your bridge and can leave scratches on its surface.
  • After cleaning your bridge, rinse it with clean, cool water, as hot water can cause it to warp.
  • Unless your dentist advises you otherwise, don’t soak your bridge in water or a denture-soaking solution overnight, as this can cause the metal attachments to rust.

Your dental bridge should be a long-term investment that keeps your smile beautiful and functional. With excellent care, you can trust yours to last for a decade or more.

About the Author

Dr. Dennis C. Ayer earned his dental degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. He has completed many post-graduate continuing education courses, logging over 3,500 hours. He is a member of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics, the American Dental Association, and the Kansas Dental Association. His office in Leawood, KS offers general, cosmetic, emergency, and restorative dentistry such as dental bridges. To learn more about dental bridge care, contact his office online or dial (913) 246-3000.

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