July 21, 2023
Dental bridges are widely regarded as a trusted, gold standard treatment for replacing several consecutive missing teeth. They’ve been around for centuries, but by utilizing modern techniques and materials, they’ve taken on a more lifelike appearance and longer lifespan. If you’re investing in restoring your smile with either a traditional or implant bridge, you’ll want to do everything in your power to be able to enjoy your restoration for as long as possible. Read on to learn how you can extend the average lifespan of your dental bridge.
What’s the Difference Between an Implant & Traditional Bridge?
There are two types of dental bridges that your dentist may recommend for you: a traditional bridge and an implant bridge:
- Traditional bridges are anchored to your existing teeth, so the two teeth at either end of the gap in your arch. They’re comprised of free-standing replacement teeth, called pontics, that are fused between two dental crowns that will act to hold the restoration in place. In order to secure the crowns, your existing healthy teeth will be altered.
- Implant bridges restore the entire structure of missing teeth, including the roots, by placing small, screw-like structures beneath the gumline and into the jawbone. Due to the biocompatible material the implants are made from, they’re able to fuse with the bone. Once that process has completed, your dentist can secure a dental bridge to the implant posts, meaning any existing teeth won’t have to be altered to restore your smile.
How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?
The lifespan of dental bridges will be different depending on who you ask, because in many cases, this depends on several factors, like your oral hygiene routine, diet, and habits. This also depends on what type of restoration you get. The average lifespan of dental bridges is estimated to be about seven years. However, with implant bridges and good dental hygiene, they can last for well over a decade.
How Can You Get the Most Out of Your Restoration?
The better you take care of your restoration, the longer it will last and the more money you’ll be able to save by having fewer trips to your dentist. Here are some care tips for your bridge:
- Brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day.
- Visit your dentist every six months for routine checkups and cleanings.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush while cleaning your teeth.
- Avoid chewing on foods that are excessively hard or crunchy.
- Stop bad habits like nail-biting.
- Protect your teeth from nightly grinding.
With these preventive measures, you can protect your dental bridge from threats of damage and decay that could compromise its function and integrity.
About the Practice
At Daily Smiles Dental Dallas, our team is made up of three experienced dentists, including Dr. Gustavo Arrechea, Dr. Aom Arrechea, and Dr. Vanina Arrechea. With countless hours of continuing education and a commitment to providing patients with the highest quality of care possible, our team is able to provide leading-edge solutions to tooth loss, like dental implants. For questions or to schedule a consultation, visit our website or call 214-233-9460.
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