|Dr. Alan Wishneff D.D.S.
Restorative Dentistry / Oral Health
June 7, 2017
When you maintain good oral care practices, dental bridges can last up to a decade or longer. A dental bridge is used as a replacement for lost teeth. They also help to prevent other dental problems from arising in the surrounding teeth when they begin to change position to fill the gap left by the missing tooth. They play an extremely important role in keeping the mouth healthy. The true life of a dental bridge depends on how well the owner takes care of them and the rest of the teeth in the mouth. Oral care routines and diets can have a large effect on the bridge.
Dental Bridge Lifespan
There are different opinions on how long a dental bridge will last in the dental community. Some say that dental bridges will usually last five to seven years, with certain types lasting over 10 years. But others feel that with proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits, most dental bridges can last way longer than 10 years, maybe even for a lifetime.
Causes of Bridge Failures
In order for a dental bridge to be used in the mouth teeth next to the missing tooth gap need to be filed down a bit. This prepares the teeth for the crowns that will support the replacement false teeth. However, this also increases the risk of decay and gum disease in and around the filed down teeth. If gum disease gets out of hand than a root canal may be needed. When the supporting teeth or tooth fails, than the entire bridge has the tendency to fail as well.
One way to help insure that your dental bridge lasts as long as it can is to maintain a healthy, tooth-friendly diet. Avoid foods that can put stress on the dental bridge. For your general and oral health, make sure you are eating more fruits, vegetables and fiber than meat. All patients who want to keep their mouth healthy should stay away from sugary and starchy foods, because these are the leading foods that cause dental decay. Dental bridge wearers should also avoid eating nuts, caramel, popcorn, chewy, hard or sticky candies and snacks. These are the types of foods that can add too much pressure to the dental bridge when you are chewing.
Dental Bridge Care
Caring for dental bridges involves maintaining good oral care at home and visiting the dentist for regular cleanings and some specialized care when needed. Brush the teeth twice a day like you normally would. Try using toothpaste that can strengthen the teeth with active fluoride and fights cavities. Flossing the teeth daily will also aid in keeping the outside of the bridge healthy. But sometimes food particles can become trapped under the bridge, making them difficult to remove. If these particles are not removed they can lead to tooth decay later on. Your dentist may recommend that you use a floss threader to carry the floss under the bridge in order to remove the food particles. It is also recommended that the dental bridge be professionally cleaned at the dentist every six months.
The dental bridge will last as long as you take care of it properly. So make sure to maintain a proper oral hygiene regiment.
For more information about this topic or any other dental topic, contact Dr.Wishneff at [email protected] or call (561) 488-3111. Dr. Alan Wishneff is a Boca Raton Dentist dedicated to bringing patients state-of-the-art dental care. As a cosmetic, family and restorative dentist, he helps patients enjoy a natural and healthy smile. He is trained in cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain veneers; advanced cosmetic bonding techniques; oral surgery; medical emergency procedures; advanced crown and bridge; advanced TMJ; implant dentistry; endodontics-root canals: utilization of most advanced dental materials. Dr, Wishneff and staff are dedicated to providing great smiles in Boca Raton for more than 30 years. After more than two decades of practicing dentistry in Boca Raton, Dr. Wishneff is more committed than ever to this community.