Dental bridges are one of the most popular and accessible solutions around for addressing tooth loss, and countless generations of patients have turned toward these innovative restorations for rebuilding their smiles and enjoying a higher degree of oral functionality. That said, even under ideal circumstances, dental bridges aren’t designed to last forever—but what are some of the possible reasons for premature bridge failure, and can it be prevented? Here’s what your dentist wants you to know!
What Causes Dental Bridge Failure?
Dental bridges last for around 10 – 15 years on average; however, it’s worth noting that patients who practice ideal excellent oral hygiene at home will see restorations that last for as long as possible. In any case, there are certain things that pose a threat to bridges and can cause them to fail early, including:
- Poor oral hygiene, as an unclean mouth is vulnerable to issues like tooth decay and gum disease, which can threaten the tissues surrounding and supporting your bridge.
- Bad oral habits such as biting into hard food or objects, clenching and grinding your teeth, and smoking or using tobacco.
- Inadequate support can cause your bridge to fail prematurely too, which can happen if the adjacent teeth become compromised. Dental implants might be needed in the future to support your bridge.
- Cheap materials are much more susceptible to issues such as breakage, compared to high-quality materials. Don’t hesitate to ask your dentist what they use for their dental restorations.
- Skipping dental visits is a surefire way to cause early bridge failure, as you should want your dentist to regularly inspect your bridge for signs of damage.
Can I Prevent Dental Bridge Failure?
Preventing dental bridge failure boils down to taking excellent care of your bridge and the rest of your pearly whites. Fortunately, bridges hardly require any specialized maintenance. You’ll need to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, and dentists recommend using a special flossing tool that successfully cleans the gaps between the gums and your bridge. It’s also wise to rinse daily with an antibacterial mouth rinse. Adhering to an excellent oral hygiene regimen will ensure that you’re getting great mileage out of your bridge!
When Should I Contact My Dentist?
Contact your dentist if you notice any of the following symptoms concerning your bridge:
- Tooth or gum sensitivity near your bridge.
- Chips, cracks, or other noticeable damage to your bridge.
- Pain when biting, chewing, or cleaning around your bridge.
- Your dental bridge feels loose.
It’s sensible to visit your dentist routinely anyway; not only are they able to thoroughly clean your teeth and inspect your bridge for irregularities, but they’re also a fantastic resource for additional information about how to care for your bridge. Knowing what expedites bridge failure and taking steps to prevent it will ensure that your bridge can do its job!
About the Practice
The team at Saginaw Dental is thrilled to provide patients and families in the Saginaw, TX area with an exceptional level of dental care. They’re proud to offer a wide range of restorative services including dental bridges for patients suffering from tooth loss. If you have any questions about the article or you’d like to arrange a visit for you or a loved one, feel free to contact the practice online or by telephone for additional information or assistance: (817) 989-2832.