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How Long Does A Dental Bridge Last?

How Long Does A Dental Bridge Last?

Tooth loss can have a significant impact on one’s quality of life and wellbeing. Fortunately, various options are available in modern dentistry to replace one or more missing teeth. Among these options, dental bridges are a time-tested and reliable option. If you are thinking of getting your missing teeth replaced with dental bridges, this article is for you. Continue reading to find out everything you need to know about teeth bridges, from how they are made to how long they last. 

How Long Does A Dental Bridge Last?

A dental bridge is a fixed appliance that replaces one or missing teeth by gaining support from the surrounding teeth or implants on both sides. According to the Cleveland Clinic, tooth bridges can typically last for five to seven years. In reality, there are various factors that determine the clinical life of teeth bridges, such as:

  • The material used for fabricating the bridge
  • The dentist and the dental technician’s skill
  • Diet
  • And oral hygiene maintenance.

With proper care, one can expect their teeth bridges to last for more than 10 years.

Can A Dental Bridge Last 30 Years?

It may be possible for teeth bridges to last for up to 30 years. However, this is dependent on various factors. First, it requires removing only a thin layer of the tooth enamel so that sufficient tooth structure remains on the supporting teeth. Secondly, the bridge should be fabricated carefully by the technician to optimise its strength and durability. 

What Can Gum Pain Around Dental Bridge Suggest?

Pain around the gums of teeth supporting a dental bridge can occur due to various reasons. If the pain starts immediately after bridge insertion, it may be due to the leakage of the cement used for bonding, which penetrates the gum tissue and causes irritations. On the other hand, if the pain occurs while eating, it may be because of underlying periodontal issues caused by plaque and tartar deposition around the supporting teeth. This problem can be easily overcome by practising good oral hygiene habits. Another reason for having pain around the gums of the surrounding teeth may be due to the development of secondary tooth cavities or tooth sensitivity. Your dentist will identify the underlying cause after a clinical examination x-ray imaging of the affected tooth. 

Why Dental Bridge Treatment Should Be Done?

Dental bridges are used for replacing missing teeth. A tooth bridge is a suitable tooth replacement option when a patient does not want removable dentures, or is not a suitable candidate for getting implants. Teeth bridges can be used to replace up to three or four adjacent missing teeth, depending on the type of bridge used by your dentist. Generally, traditional bridges – which are supported at both ends by natural teeth – offer the best durability and long-term clinical survival among the other bridge types. 

Why Is My Dental Bridge Digging Into My Gums?

Your dentist will ensure that your teeth bridge fits precisely over your teeth, and forms an aesthetically pleasing margin with the underlying soft tissues. However, if you observe that your bridge is “digging” into your gums, it may be because of the leakage of the excess bonding cement tissue which may give a perception that your tooth bridge is sinking into your gums. Alternatively, it may be due to the overgrowth of the gum tissues caused by cement leakage, or as a result of an inflammatory response to the newly attached bridge. 

Which Is Better, An Implant Or A Bridge If You Have Poor Gums?

Your dentist will not replace your missing teeth unless your gums are in perfect health. This is because replacing missing teeth with either dental bridges or implants when you have underlying gum disease can significantly affect their long-term survival. Therefore, your dentist will first treat the gum disease and then proceed with tooth replacement. 

Dental Bridge Or Dental Implants. Which Is The Best For Me?

When it comes to the most durable, aesthetically pleasing, and functionally superior tooth replacement option, dental implants top the list. This is because, unlike dentures or bridges that rest on oral tissues and supporting teeth, an implant is embedded directly into the jawbone, just like natural teeth. As a result, they offer a solid foundation for the attachment of artificial teeth. Besides,  dental implants tend to last for a lifetime if they are looked after properly. 

Dental Bridge Vs Implant For Front Tooth. Which One Should I Get?

Our front teeth have significant aesthetic value. Therefore, any option used for replacing the front teeth must offer lifelike aesthetics and long-term durability. When it comes to replacing the front teeth, dental implants are far superior in terms of their aesthetics, durability, and functionality to teeth bridges. Therefore, dental implants should always be the treatment for front tooth replacement. 

What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Dental Bridges?

Compared to a removable denture, teeth bridges offer various benefits. The foremost benefit of dental bridges is that they remain fixed to the teeth, unlike the removable dentures. As a result, they offer superior chewing efficacy than dentures. Moreover, bridges are more resistant to staining than dentures. Finally, bridges are longer lasting than conventional dentures. On the other hand, a significant drawback of fixed bridges is that they require the removal of healthy tooth enamel to create space for their bonding.

Finding an experienced and qualified dentist to replace your missing teeth can go a long way in ensuring the long-term service life of your new teeth. If you reside in Great Glen or in Leicester, you can rely on the services of Glen Dental, where we provide a complete range of dental services in a comfortable and relaxing environment. We also take pride in having state-of-the-art dental equipment and some of the best dentists in town. So, book an appointment with us today and let us give you the smile that you truly deserve. 

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