How Long Does a Dental Bridge Last?

When it comes to restoring your smile, a dental bridge is a popular choice. But one question often lingers in the minds of patients--how long does a dental bridge last? 

Understanding a Dental Bridge

A dental bridge is a fixed prosthetic device that dentists use to replace one or more missing teeth. It bridges the gap where the teeth are missing, hence the term dental bridge. They are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space, serving as anchors for the bridge. Dental bridges can restore your smile, maintain the shape of your face, and enable you to chew and speak properly. 

The Lifespan of a Dental Bridge

On average, a dental bridge can last between five to fifteen years, or even longer. Like any other dental restoration, a bridge’s longevity depends on your oral hygiene and regular check-ups. With good oral care and dietary habits, some patients can extend the lifespan of their dental bridge beyond 15 years. However, it's important to remember that each case is unique and factors such as the type of bridge and the patient's overall health can also affect its durability.

Types of Dental Bridges

Dentists offer various bridge solutions for missing teeth based on placement site, anchoring mechanisms and material types. Traditional bridges cemented to neighboring natural teeth work well for limited gaps but bridges fused to dental implants provide exceptional support for multiple contiguous missing teeth without drilling down intact neighbors. Zirconia and PFM metal bridges satisfy both strength and aesthetic needs too.

Maintaining Your Dental Bridge

Proper care of your dental bridge is essential for its longevity. This includes regular brushing and flossing to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, which can weaken the bridge. It's also important to avoid hard or sticky foods that could damage the bridge. Regular check-ups with your dentist are crucial as they can spot any issues early and ensure your bridge is still fitting correctly.

When to Replace Your Dental Bridge

While dental bridges are designed for longevity, they may need to be replaced if they become worn or damaged. Signs that your bridge may need replacement include loose or moving bridges, discomfort while chewing, or a change in your bite. Regular dental check-ups will ensure any issues are detected early and your dental bridge can continue to function effectively.

Schedule Your Dental Bridge Consultation Today

At Z Dentistry, we understand the importance of a healthy, functional smile. Dr. Jason Simms and Dr. Anh Simms have years of experience in providing high-quality dental bridges designed to last. If you're in Zachary, LA, and have questions about dental bridges or think you might need one, don't hesitate to reach out. Call us at (225) 570-4050 today to schedule your consultation and take the first step towards a brighter, healthier smile.

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