How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?
- Posted on: Nov 30 2019
At DeStefano Dentistry, we understand how important it is to restore the smile when teeth have been lost. Some patients are overwhelmed at their options, and may need assistance in determining which tooth replacement solution is best for their specific needs. With dental bridges, patients get the best of both worlds—a restoration that is less expensive than a dental implant, but more permanent than a partial denture.
What is a dental bridge?
Dr. Thomas J. DeStefano describes dental bridges as restorations that are used to replace one or more teeth in a row within the dental arch. These bridges essentially “bridge the gap” between teeth where permanent adult teeth have been lost or extracted. The bridge utilizes the surrounding teeth for support and placement, and can provide a long-lasting solution.
How long do dental bridges last?
To extend the longevity of a dental bridge, patients need to take great care in cleaning their dental bridges and maintaining their overall oral health and wellness. Dr. Thomas J. DeStefano encourages patients to speak to him about care instructions. For example, because dental bridges rest on the gum line, there may be a space underneath the false teeth that needs to be brushed and flossed to ensure food particles do not become trapped in the area. Dental bridges that are well-cared for will last over ten years of longer.
What alternatives are available for dental bridges?
If patients are not fond of the idea of a dental bridge, they may have other options available to them, including partial dentures or dental implants. During the initial evaluation, patients will be examined to determine the best treatment for their unique needs. Then, patients can take this time to ask questions and decide if they’d like to move forward with the placement of a dental bridge to restore the function and efficiency of their smile following tooth loss or extraction.
Ready to discuss dental bridges with our team?
Dr. Thomas J. DeStefano and his Pittsford, NY area team are pleased to provide patients with a wide selection of services to improve beauty, function, and health of the smile. If you live in the community and are interested in working with him, call (585) 248-2383 today to schedule your appointment.
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