If you have a gap in your smile, you may have had it replaced with a dental bridge. This is the most traditional type of restoration and can fill the space left by a single tooth or by multiple missing pearly whites. A dental bridge looks completely natural and allows you to enjoy a confident smile again! But exactly how long can you expect it to last? Read on to learn the average life expectancy of your dental bridge, as well as some tips to make your complete smile last as long as possible.
How Long is a Dental Bridge Expected to Last?
Dental bridges typically last between five to seven years. Meanwhile, researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center have concluded that with good oral hygiene, most dental bridges can last more than 10 years – maybe even a lifetime! Every person is different and ultimately, your lifestyle, diet, and care for your teeth play a big role in how long your restoration will last.
Common Problems with Dental Bridges
Although bridges are a reliable way to replace missing or damaged teeth, problems can sometimes occur. Be mindful of the following issues that might limit the lifespan of your bridge:
- Food caught under the dental bridge
- Harmful plaque and tartar buildup
- Damage from hard or crunchy foods
How Can You Extend the Lifespan of Your Dental Bridge?
As you can see, the longevity of your bridge is largely determined by your oral care and lifestyle habits. Protect and preserve your dental bridge with the three following tips:
1. Practice Excellent Oral Hygiene
A dental bridge is not made from enamel and therefore cannot get cavities. However, the teeth underneath and surrounding it are still susceptible to decay. Follow these tips to keep your natural teeth and dental restoration in great shape:
- Brush twice a day for a full two minutes each time
- Use a special floss threader to clean underneath your bridge
- Rinse regularly with an alcohol-free antibacterial mouthwash
2. Eat a Smile-Friendly Diet
Chewing on hard and sticky foods can place stress on a dental bridge and lead to damage. For this reason, there are certain foods you should be mindful of: nuts, popcorn, caramel, raw vegetables, gum, ice, and hard candies. You should also limit your intake of sugary or starchy foods, which can contribute to tooth decay. Eat high-nutrient foods like fruits, soft or cooked vegetables, and high-fiber foods.
3. Regular Dental Visits
Taking the time to schedule and attend your biannual checkups is essential for maintaining a healthy smile and dental bridge! During your visit, your dentist will carefully inspect your bridge and the surrounding area for signs of trouble. In addition, they will remove any plaque and tartar buildup that could damage your teeth and gums, which also prevents any future problems from developing.
Your dental bridge allows you to return to a full set of lifelike, restored teeth. With attentive care and visits to your dentist, you can count on your smile to remain for many years to come!
About the Practice
Columbus Dental Arts are eager to help you achieve the best oral health possible through the expertise of its two dentists. They provide a full range of dental services, including restorative treatments like dental bridges. Using advanced technologies and techniques, as well as high-quality materials, they can successfully restore your smile. To schedule an appointment, contact them through their website or call (609) 324-9500.