If you lose an adult tooth you might have it replaced with either a dental implant or a dental bridge. Both bridges and implants are long-term solutions to a lost tooth that both restore your smile and can help provide bite alignment. There are many different types of dental bridges, but none of them are designed to last forever. Even dental implants can get damaged over time. Here are some facts you should know about dental bridges and when to call your dentist.
Dental bridges can last anywhere from 5 years to 15. The difference in time is based on a variety of factors. There are different types of dental bridges. Some bridges use two or more abutment teeth. An abutment tooth is an anchor for the bridge. Traditional bridges use a tooth on either side of the false tooth as anchors. This adds structural integrity to the bridge. Other bridges may only use one tooth due to what’s available and the shape of your teeth. This can decrease stability. One of the most important factors is oral health.
Dental bridges rely on the surrounding teeth. If you practice good oral hygiene and have regular check-ups, you can greatly improve the lastability of your bridge. Brushing at least twice a day, flossing once, and using antiseptic mouthwashes daily can all decrease the risks of gum disease and tooth decay. This improves the chances that the abutment teeth will stay healthy and can continue to support the dental bridge.
If your dental bridge gets damaged you should make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. Small issues like cracks or discoloration in the false tooth can be quickly repaired. Larger issues including lost or broken crowns will require an immediate appointment to replace the dental bridge. If you notice an issue with your dental bridge you should quickly make a dental appointment. If you are experiencing severe pain, please contact an emergency dentist or go to a hospital for immediate treatment.
If you have an issue with your dental bridge, please make an appointment with our dentists in Revere. Our team can help you repair or replace your dental bridge.