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The Lifespan of Dental Bridges

May 15, 2023

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Digital model of bridge and crownsA dental bridge is an effective solution to replace 1 or more missing teeth in a row. They are supported by generations of success, but how long will a dental bridge last? Most traditional fixed bridges need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years, while an implant-supported solution can last for a lifetime. However, many factors affect their life expectancy. Here’s how you can get the most from your investment.

How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?

Dental bridges are meant to provide a long-lasting solution for tooth loss. The duration of your results is influenced by many variables, like the type of bridge used. Depending on the method, the average lifespan includes:

  • Traditional Dental Bridge: A traditional bridge and crowns can last for a decade or longer. A fixed bridge is recommended for replacing 1-3 teeth. It’s possible to replace more teeth, but a longer restoration can have a higher rate of complications.
  • Implant-Supported Bridge: A bridge can be supported by 1-2 implant posts, which will also serve new tooth roots. Dental implants have over a 95% success rate and can last for 30 years or more with the right aftercare.

Factors Affecting the Lifespan of a Bridge

No two mouths or situations are identical. Many things will affect how long your new smile lasts, like:

  • The Materials Used: Discounted materials may cost less, but they can be of low quality, which means you may need replacements sooner.
  • The Location: The back teeth undergo more wear and tear. Bridges used for molars may have a slightly shorter lifespan than those used for front teeth.
  • Oral Hygiene: Poor oral hygiene can cause gum disease and decay, which can cause your bridge to fail. 
  • Lifestyle: Your diet and lifestyle habits can increase your risk of complications, like smoking or chewing ice. 

Get the Most from Your Dental Bridge

You can ensure your new smile lasts for years by following a few simple tips:

  • Commit to Your Oral Hygiene: Brush your teeth at least twice daily and floss every night before going to bed.
  • Watch What You Eat: Avoid eating hard or chewy foods often. Limit your consumption of sugary foods and drinks. 
  • Break Bad Habits: It’s best to stop smoking and any habits that can damage your bridge, like chewing on your fingernails or using your teeth in place of tools.
  • Visit Your Dentist: Visit your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup.

You won’t have to worry about replacements or gaps in your smile when giving your oral health the attention it deserves. You’ll enjoy natural-looking results that will surpass the test of time.

About Dr. Stacy Goodwill

Dr. Goodwill earned her dental degree at the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry and has regularly continued her education in many specialties, including general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and dental implants. She can treat the most complex cases of tooth loss. As a member of the American Dental Association and many other professional organizations, Dr. Goodwill has a reputation you can trust. Request an appointment through our website or call (701) 237-1491.

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