Dental Bridge Maintenance
A common question we often receive from patients is “how long do dental bridges last?” The answer depends almost entirely upon the patient and how diligent they are in maintaining their oral health. As previously explained, a dental bridge is a fixed prosthesis (cannot be removed) which is anchored to teeth or implants on either side of the missing tooth. Because the bridge relies so much upon the structural integrity of these two anchoring teeth (called abutments), it becomes even more vitally important that the patient has excellent oral hygiene. Without proper brushing and flossing, gum recession can eventually lead to bone loss which greatly reduces the strength of the abutments. It is also important to take great care in the foods you eat and avoid chewing hard substances such as ice. However, if patients floss and brush twice daily and remember to visit their dental hygienist periodically, there’s no reason their bridges and other dental prosthetics shouldn’t last a lifetime.