At Modern Dentistry in San Diego, many of our patients ask us about dental bridges. A dental bridge is one of the most effective ways of replacing a missing tooth. Other options include implants and dentures. All three are useful, effective, and great at replacing missing teeth. The choice usually comes down to tiny details and personal preferences.
For years, dental bridges were the best available option. Recently, however, implants came along and became more popular. Dental bridges are still in use and preferred by many patients, though. Even dentures are in demand by a lot of people.
At Modern Dentistry, we can easily set patients up with dental bridges. How do bridges work? A bridge is a structure suspended between two ends that are attached to firm surfaces. A dental bridge is no different. The artificial tooth is suspended between two firmly attached ends. The ends of a dental bridge are attached to the healthy teeth adjacent to the gap. These teeth have to be strong, and in good condition, so they can support the bridge. They’ll have to be modified with dental crowns before the bridge can be placed. If these teeth become damaged, the bridge will be compromised.
One of the many questions we get about dental bridges in San Diego is: how long do they last? Dental bridges last about ten years on average. If you take good care of yours, it can last up to 15 years. Bridges aren’t indestructible, though. They’re not as strong as natural teeth. Chewing on hard things could compromise your bridge and break it.
We tell our patients to prioritize good dental hygiene. You need to make sure to brush your teeth at least twice per day and floss. Brushing around the bridge and the supporting teeth is very important. Bacteria and food can get stuck in these small spaces and lead to dental decay. Good dental hygiene will make sure this doesn’t happen. It’ll also help protect your bridge, and natural teeth, from stains and getting darker over time.