How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?

If you are dealing with missing teeth and are exploring your restoration options, you’ve come to the right place!

Dental bridges are a very popular way to replace multiple missing teeth and restore both the function and the appearance of your smile.

But as with any tooth restoration method, most patients will have one pressing question on their minds:

How long will your new and improved smile last?

Check out this short blog post to learn everything you need to know about dental bridges and how long they can last!

How Do Dental Bridges Work?

A dental bridge is made up of two or more dental crowns fused together and designed to replace missing teeth. The bridge will also feature two “abutment teeth” at each end, which will go over two natural teeth for the restoration to be complete.

Dental bridges are great choices to replace missing teeth, as well as help improve the strength and function of the anchoring teeth. Bridges can be made from different materials such as porcelain, ceramic, gold, or alloys, all of which can provide great durability.

How Long Can Dental Bridges Last?

Dental bridges are designed to last a long time. Patients can enjoy their new smile for 10-15 years, possibly even longer.

How long the bridge will actually last ultimately depends on maintenance, specifically, how well you maintain your oral hygiene habits.

Why Oral Care Protects the Dental Bridge

The dental bridge is designed to be sturdy and strong, but they are not indestructible. This means they can be chipped, cracked, or otherwise damaged because of regular wear and tear, an accident, or improper oral hygiene.

Moreover, the gum tissue next to the dental bridges is still at risk for gum disease even if you don’t have natural teeth, as plaque and tartar can build up on these oral devices as well.

Proper oral care helps maintain your bridges and keep your natural teeth healthy.

Here are a few tips on how to protect your dental bridges and ensure they last a long time:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day
  • Floss every single day
  • Drink fluoride water after every meal to flush out food particles and bacteria from the mouth
  • Avoid chewing or biting down on hard foods or objects
  • Stop smoking
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruits and veggies to promote saliva production
  • See the dentist for routine cleanings and check-ups

Dental Restorations at Wesley C. Wise, DDS & Assoc., LTD

Are you dealing with missing teeth? Dr. Wesley Wise is here to help you get back a winning smile with expert restorative dentistry services such as dental bridges, implants, and more!

Book an appointment with Dr. Wesley Wise today and stop by for an appointment to find out what it takes to get back your smile.

Call us today at (708) 524-0330 for more information about our services.