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What Could Cause a Dental Bridge to Fail?

October 12, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — brushdental @ 2:25 am

Digital model of a bridge and crownsA dental bridge has been the go-to solution to treat missing teeth for generations. All-ceramic materials are used to recreate one or more lost teeth in a row. It can last for many years, but many factors affect the lifespan of a dental bridge. Eventually, you’ll need a replacement; however, you can do many things to prevent dental bridge failure. Here are the most common reasons you might need a replacement sooner.

How Does a Dental Bridge Work?

A traditional bridge is recommended to treat 1-3 consecutive lost teeth. Although it’s possible to replace more, longer restorations can be unstable and have a slightly shorter life expectancy. 

A bridge works by replacing the portions of your lost teeth above the gum line using high-quality materials. They will match the color, size, and shape of your natural teeth to blend in. Your bridge is held in place by bonding dental crowns over the adjacent teeth. You’ll benefit from a solution that looks and feels natural.

Common Reasons Dental Bridges Fail

Dental bridges can last for 5 to 15 years before failing. Tooth decay under the crowned teeth is a common culprit. Although crowns and bridges can’t get cavities, your natural teeth are still vulnerable to decay. Cavity-causing bacteria can gain access to your tooth from plaque and tartar buildup caused by improper oral hygiene habits, like not brushing twice daily. 

Crowns can also fail from the foods you eat. Consuming hard or sticky foods often can shorten the life expectancy of your restoration. Sugars and starches create an acidic plaque that can lead to decay. If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, you may also require a replacement sooner.

Get the Most from Your Dental Bridge

Your bridge can thrive for a decade or longer by following a few tips:

  • Practice Good Oral Hygiene: Brush your teeth at least twice a day for 2 full minutes. Floss daily to remove food residue and plaque your toothbrush can’t reach.
  • Watch What You Eat: Limit your consumption of sugars and starches, which feed cavity-causing bacteria. Moderate how often you eat crunchy, hard, or sticky foods.
  • Treat Bruxism: Ask your dentist for a nightguard to protect your restoration and your natural teeth from friction and pressure caused by grinding and clenching.
  • Visit Your Dentist Regularly: Schedule a cleaning and checkup with your dentist every 6 months. They’ll keep your teeth and gums healthy and examine your bridge at each appointment to ensure it’s functioning as intended.

A bridge is an excellent option to fill the gaps in your smile. You can benefit from long-lasting results by giving your mouth a little extra attention.

About Dr. John Kaun

Dr. Kaun earned his dental degree at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry and has regularly continued his training in various specialties, like restorative dentistry, tooth extractions, and dental crowns. He can provide high-quality restorations that look and feel natural. Request an appointment through his website or call (469) 747-0226.

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