The short answer: five to seven years, on average. The long answer: if you care for your bridges, they can last 10 years or more. Here's a guide to help you keep your bridges and your new, brilliant smile for as long as possible.
What Is A Bridge? How Is It Different From Other Teeth Replacement options?
Bridges replace a tooth by, as the name implies, using existing teeth to "bridge" the gap left by the missing tooth. During your consultation, Dr. Sandhu will use high-tech dental imaging to customize the replacement tooth for your mouth. Then, she'll build the bridge, which consists of crowns that go on the existing teeth and the porcelain replacement tooth.
I Love The Way My Bridge Looks. How Can I Make Sure It Lasts A Long Time?
You should care for your dental bridge the same way you'd care for a natural tooth. That means brushing your teeth at least twice per day, using an antibacterial mouthwash and flossing daily. Take extra care when flossing around your bridge. Difficult to reach food particles can become trapped underneath. A floss threader can help you get those hard-to-reach bits.
You should also schedule regular teeth cleanings and checkups with your general dentist. Even the best-designed cars will break down without regular maintenance, and dental bridges are no different. The maintenance that you do every day, and your general dentist does every six months, is crucial to ensuring your bridge lasts as long as possible.
Does This Mean I Have To Change My Diet When I Get A Bridge?
If you have a bridge, you should be even more conscientious about eating foods that promote good oral health. That means you should have lots of these on your menu:
- High-fiber fruit like apples and pears
- Celery and carrots
- Leafy greens like spinach, kale and arugula
- Unsweetened dairy products like cheese, plain milk and plain yogurt
And you should take extra care to avoid foods like these:
- Sugary drinks like soda and energy drinks
- Hard or sticky snacks like popcorn, caramel, nuts and ice
- Extra-starchy foods like potato chips
Dr. Sandhu will discuss smart food and drink options with you during your consultation.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
Dr. Sandhu and the Crystal Family Dentistry team are dedicated to providing you the best dental medicine possible and making you comfortable with every step of the procedure.
If you're in the Chicago area and need a tooth replacement, call 815-893-6345 to set up a consultation today.