How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?
Many people have bad associations with bridges. The perception seems to be that they are a short-term solution that costs more than it’s worth. Unfortunately, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Dental bridges can last years–even decades–with proper attention, and in the meantime, they keep your other teeth in the right places, so you don’t have to worry about further erosion or tooth loss.
If you have to fit a missing tooth with a dental bridge, it’s natural to be concerned about how long such prosthetics may last. After all, these procedures cost money and require recovery, so no one wants to go through them more than is absolutely necessary. The good news is that bridges are a long-lasting solution with the right care.
An average dental bridge lasts anywhere between five and fifteen years. Some dental bridges even last over 20 or even 30 years. It really depends on the quality and type of bridge, as well as the initial fit and level of continuous care given.
You Control How Long Your Bridge Lasts
In fact, the biggest factor involved in determining how long a dental bridge may actually last is you. With poor maintenance, a dental bridge quickly becomes susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. You can end up with your mouth in worse shape than when you started. Luckily, simply by brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash regularly, as well as getting professional cleanings as appropriate, you can keep your bridge in as good shape as the teeth surrounding it.
Of course, you can only do so much alone. The quality of the initial bridge will have just as much impact on the durability of a bridge as the care it receives. That’s why it’s so important to choose a qualified dentist to do the procedure. Make sure that you trust your bridgework to a dentist who only uses the highest quality materials and has years of experience doing the procedure successfully. Look for professionals who aren’t just generalists, but rather are also specialists in this type of procedure.
At Kantor Dental, our team has specialized training in restorative dental work such as bridges and other oral prosthetics, so you can be sure that you’ll be getting top-quality care. Not only do we have the skills and practice to ensure that your bridge is set up successfully, we’ll show you everything you can do to ensure it lasts as long as possible. Don’t risk your health–and another costly dental procedure–by getting sub-par bridges. Get quality that will last for decades.
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