Dental bridges are considered “permanent” because you can’t take them out like you can dentures; however, they don’t last forever.
The average dental bridge lasts between five and seven years. With proper care, some bridges can last more than a decade. Advances in dental bridge materials and methods are likely to make them even more durable in the future.
The best way to get the most out of your dental bridge is to take proper care of it.
How to Make Your Dental Bridge Last
Good oral hygiene is important if you have a dental bridge because you want to keep your remaining teeth strong and healthy. Having good oral health is also important if you want a long lifespan for your bridge.
Just as with your natural teeth, you need to brush and floss your bridge at least twice each day.
Your dentist or dental hygienist will show you how to properly floss and clean around your bridge. It’s also important to see your dentist regularly for dental cleanings and exams.
Right after your bridge is placed, you may need to be especially careful about what you eat as your mouth is healing. Your dentist will give you specific instructions to follow during that time.
In the long term, certain foods can cause problems for dental bridges or abutment teeth. If you want your bridge to last and avoid damaging it, you’ll have to avoid these foods.
Are There Foods You Should Avoid If You Have Bridges?
Foods you should avoid if you have a dental bridge include:
- Chewy/sticky candy (can pull crowns off of the abutment teeth)
- Hard candy or snacks
- Sugary foods (can cause tooth decay under the crowns)
There are advantages and disadvantages to getting a dental bridge, but studies have shown that with good oral hygiene and regular dental visits, a dental bridge can be an effective, long-lasting solution to missing teeth.
However, certain factors determine who is a good candidate for a dental bridge. Your dentist can help you decide if a dental bridge is right for you, as well as which type of dental bridge will be the best fit.