If you have missing teeth, I’m sure you’ve experienced trouble eating effectively, speaking clearly and even biting down correctly. When you do have a missing tooth or teeth, it’s important to visit your dentist immediately to discuss tooth replacement options, as having missing teeth can lead to further dental problems.
A dental bridge may be one of the options your dentist may give you to replace your missing tooth or teeth. Dental bridges are used to span between the space where the teeth are missing and connect to the surrounding teeth. The teeth that remain on both sides are referred to as abundant teeth and the replacement tooth is called a pontic.
How long do dental bridges last?
Dental bridges can last up to 15 years, though how long they last ultimately depends on how well you take care of them. Practicing proper oral hygiene at home and visiting your dentist on a regular basis for routine checkups and professional cleanings will ensure that your bridge lasts for years to come.
If by chance your bridge fails, such as your crown falling out, make sure to place it somewhere safe, preferably in a zip lock bag, and call your dentist to schedule an appointment immediately. Your dentist may be able to re-bond it back into place if the crown or bridge isn’t damaged. If your dental restoration is damaged, you will have to have a new crown or bridge placed.
How to take proper care of your dental bridge
Caring for your dental bridge is no different than taking care of your very own natural teeth. However, there are certain things that you should consider avoiding, such as chewing on ice and biting your nails, as both of these habits can cause damage to your dental restoration. If you grind or clench your teeth while you’re asleep, you should ask your dentist for night guard for added protection.
Your overall oral health is key to having your dental restoration last. To ensure the longevity of your dental bridge, brush twice a day for two minutes each session, floss at least once a day and use mouthwash. And, as I mentioned before, be sure to visit your dentist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your dental bridge, contact Dr. Bartz at 708-430-4440 to schedule an appointment today. Or visit www.bartzandbartzdental.com for additional information regarding dental bridges.