How long does a dental bridge last?

Dental bridges at Wimpole Street Dental Clinic

We offer all-ceramic dental bridges when replacing one or more missing teeth (a fixed dental prothesis). Our dental bridges are bonded on the teeth adjacent to the gap to bridge the gap presented. We deliver a bespoke shape, colour, and fit tailor-made to your exact measurements when we craft a dental bridge, just for you. We put special emphasis on the functional aspect to make you feel as comfortable as possible with your new teeth.

If a dental bridge has been recommended for you, you may have experienced a missing tooth or multiple teeth. You may now have significant spaces present when you smile affecting not just its aesthetic appearance and your personal confidence; but your ability to eat, speak and pronounce naturally and in comfort. A loss of multiple teeth can also impact upon the shape and structure of your face.

How long does a dental bridge last?

We would suggest that a well-made dental or fixed bridge can go problem-free for several decades if maintained well. Scientifically speaking the 50% survival rate is 20 years, that means that 50% of the bridges are still intact and 50% have failed.

The level of attention to detail we offer at Wimpole Street Dental Clinic means that the appliance we choose to craft offers long-term stability within the mouth, high durability, high biocompatibility, a precise fit and the highest standards of aesthetic colour-matching to your natural teeth.

How can I make my dental bridge last if possible?

1.    Choose your dentist carefully

A dental bridge is a significant financial investment. You are looking to select a dentist who is an expert in delivering the quality of fixed dental prosthetics which is designed (from the outset) to last as long as possible before requiring replacement. Dental bridges can offer a complete smile makeover so in order to reach this quality standard they need to be crafted using state-of-the-art technology, digitally-enabled dentistry and performed by specialists – all these resources we offer in-house, here at Wimpole Street Dental Clinic.

2.    Optimise your oral hygiene routine at home

Before you leave our clinic, your aftercare guidance and advice provided by your dentist will outline how best to clean and maintain your dental bridge. Brush twice a day and floss at least once daily, too. Regular interdental cleansing keeps the build-up of food debris, bacteria, plaque, and tartar away from your dental bridge where it might become trapped. In addition, you can try a mild antiseptic mouthwash and a tongue scraper.

3.    Schedule in your regular check-ups with both your dentist and your dental hygienist

Safeguard your smile by scheduling in regular six-monthly check-ups with both your dentist and your dental hygienist ahead of time. Always attend all your follow-up appointments as a matter of priority as your dentist can expertly assess how your new dental bridge is settling in, spotting any early signs of aesthetic or functional issues possibly before you even notice them.

4.    Commit to following a healthier diet

Sugary foods and drinks like soda offer the food source to the bacteria present in your mouth which can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Sticky, sugary foods would also stick to your teeth longer and can coat your teeth in sugary residue, breaking down the enamel at their leisure. If they can stick and coat your natural teeth – they can stick and coat your dental bridge, too. Preserve your newly restored smile by reducing or omitting these from your diet. The best thing you can do instead, is drink water to reduce the amount of harmful bacteria in the mouth, during the day.

5.    Avoid the consumption of hard foods

Consider overly hard and/or sticky food choices such as candies, lollipops, boiled sweets, toffee, nuts and chewing gum to be avoided so as not to cause any accidental damage to your new dental bridge. Remember not to use your teeth (natural and your dental bridge!) to open bottles or tear open plastic packaging, either. Do not forget yourself and your oral health when you are busy so resist absent-mindedly chewing pens or biting your nails.

6.    Consume food carefully

Once fitted, you will be able to feel your dental bridge securely in place within your mouth and so it may take time to adjust to eating and chewing. Perhaps be mindful (at least initially) of the power of your natural biting force and consume your food carefully as your dental bridge settles in.

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