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How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?

June 27, 2024
How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?

Dental bridges are popular appliances that can replace one to four teeth. With excellent care, a dental bridge typically lasts five to seven years but may last up to 15 years.

About Dental Bridges

A dental bridge consists of anchor points (crowns or implants) that hold artificial teeth between them. Bridges fit in the gap created by missing natural teeth. With a new bridge, you can show the world your full, beautiful smile again.

Types of Dental Bridges

Traditional Bridges

A traditional bridge has one anchor on each end. These anchors may be crowns or dental implants. If you have healthy teeth on either side of the gap, your dentist will apply crowns to hold the bridge. If your adjacent teeth are weaker, your dentist may recommend replacement with an implant-supported bridge.

Cantilever Bridges

Like a traditional bridge, a cantilever bridge has an anchor only at one end. However, due to the extra force they must withstand, cantilever bridges do not last as long as traditional bridges.

Maryland Bridges

A Maryland bridge does not use crowns or implants. It has metal wings that extend around the adjacent teeth to hold it in place. The dentist fuses these wings to the healthy teeth on one side of the bridge.

Advantages of a Dental Bridge

  • Maintain your face shape to avoid developing a "sunken" look due to missing teeth
  • Ability to chew well and speak clearly
  • Keep existing teeth from shifting position and becoming loose, protecting you from an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease caused by crossed, crooked teeth

Caring For Your Dental Bridge

Your dental bridge will require careful attention to keep it in place and to protect your oral health. Brush frequently and floss at least once daily. You may need to use an interproximal brush or a floss threader, both available at any pharmacy, to access all plaque and food particles.

How to Extend the Life of Your Dental Bridge

Your bridge's longevity depends on your lifestyle, oral health, and at-home care habits. Do everything you can to promote good oral health, including brushing and flossing, and visit your dentist at least twice yearly.


When you chew, eat evenly on both sides of your mouth. After you receive your bridge, it is best to avoid hard, sticky, or chewy foods like candy, nuts, and steak. Also, avoid chewing gum. 


If you have questions about a particular food, call our office. It may be best to stay safe when eating certain foods with your bridge.

Call Dental Partners of Vero Beach

Missing teeth can interfere with your chewing and speaking ability, appearance, and self-esteem. If you are ready to replace missing teeth with a realistic alternative, a bridge may be your best choice. We can help you decide which type would work best. Please call our office at 772-569-4118 for a consultation.

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