How Long Do Dental Bridges Last

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Dentists often call dental bridges “Permanent bridges,” which can be confusing. The catch is they are called permanent because only a dentist can remove them. So, if your dentist recommended dental bridges as your solution to your missing teeth, you might wonder, “How long do dental bridges last?”

No dental bridges usually last a lifetime. However, with keen protection and maintenance, you can make life-long longevity possible.

Signs of a Worn Dental Bridge that Needs Replacement

Even with good care, dental bridges might need to be replaced eventually. Signs that it’s time for a new bridge include:

  • Looseness or Shifting: If the bridge moves or feels loose, the supporting teeth might be weakening, signaling the need for a replacement.
  • Persistent Pain or Discomfort: If you have ongoing pain around the bridge that over-the-counter medication can’t relieve, there might be an underlying issue like infection or decay.
  • Visible Damage: Cracks or chips in the bridge’s porcelain can lead to more problems, so it’s best to replace it promptly.
  • Recurring Gum Issues: If you notice gum inflammation, swelling, or bleeding around the bridge, it could indicate gum disease. It’s important to treat the gums and address any bridge problems.

How Long Do Dental Bridges Last on Front Teeth?

Different dental professionals have different opinions on how long bridges can last. This is because your oral care routine, diet, and lifestyle can affect how long they stay in good shape. Some experts say bridges can last at least five to seven years, but with good oral hygiene and regular dentist visits, they might last over 10 years.

Bridges on front teeth usually last 5-10 years if taken care of well. Sometimes, they can last up to 15 years. How long they last depends on things like:

  • The type of bridge used
  • The materials it’s made of (like porcelain, ceramic, gold)
  • How well you take care of your teeth and what you eat
  • The health of the teeth and gums supporting the bridge.

Tips to Extend the Life of Your Dental Bridge

Taking good care of your teeth is important to keep your bridge strong over time. Brush and floss carefully to prevent bacteria from causing problems under your bridge. You can also use special tools like a floss threader or water flosser to clean under your artificial tooth. Following are some other things you can do to protect your bridge:

  • Choose Your Food Wisely

    Bridges are strong and can handle most foods, but eating too many hard foods can damage them. Try to avoid biting down on hard things like ice, jawbreaker candies, or bones, as they can break or crack your bridge.

  • Watch Out for Teeth Grinding

    Grinding or clenching your teeth can strain your bridge and weaken it over time. This often happens at night, so if you wake up with a sore jaw, talk to your dentist about getting a nightguard to protect both your bridge and natural teeth.

  • Regular Dental Checkups

    Visit your dentist regularly so they can check your bridge. They will let you know if it needs fixing or replacing during your checkup.

Concluding Thoughts

Dental implants can be costly, especially if you are missing multiple teeth. Dental bridges are a cost-effective alternative. However, people often curiously ask, “How long do dental bridges last?” and the answer is not disappointing. They last a good amount of time with the right care.

Visit Dr. Naznin Bholat at Lake Elsinore Dentistry. Our doctor has been an active member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, and the Tri-County Dental Society since 2010. Dial (951) 579-1010 to reach out.

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