Generally dental bridges last between 7 and 15 years. At that point that bridge will probably need to be replaced. In some cases, dental bridges have lasted 30 or more years, although this is not usually the case. The longevity of your dental bridge depends in large part on your oral hygiene habits.
In extending the life of your dental bridge, it is important to remember that the bridge and supporting teeth require good oral hygiene, just like your natural teeth. The teeth surrounding the bridge, known as the “abutment” teeth, support and sustain the bridge, so it is very important that these teeth are kept healthy and disease free. Be sure to practice good oral hygiene habits and visit your dentist regularly. A dentist can spot any infection or problems early on, helping to extend the longevity of your bridge.
You may also want to consider a dental implant as a long-term tooth replacement. Dental implants act like a real tooth, utilizing an artificial root, which is bonded to the jaw bone, and a dental crown to replace the part of the tooth above the gumline.
If you have lost a tooth and you are interested in a dental bridge, please contact the experienced McLean dentists at Galleria Dental Aesthetics to schedule a consultation.