How Long Do Dental Bridges And Dental Crowns Last

How Long Do Dental Bridges And Dental Crowns Last

Dental bridges and crowns are great solutions for replacing missing teeth, both in terms of function and aesthetics. But how long can you plan on keeping a bridge or crown? Read on to find out!

DENTAL BRIDGES

Dental bridges fill gaps created by missing teeth with crowns that are anchored on surrounding teeth, also known as abutment teeth. And how long do they last? Short answer: dental bridges typically last between 5 and 15 years. With good care, most patients can expect to have a functional bridge for around 10 years.

Different types of bridges can also affect how long your bridge may last. The craftsmanship of your dentist can also make a big difference in the quality of your bridge. A perfectly fitting bridge is also key to making sure it lasts.

One way to lengthen the lifespan of your bridge is to take great care of it with regular brushing and flossing. A daily swig of mouthwash can also help! While the material that is used to create a bridge can not decay, the surrounding supporting teeth can decay. And if the surrounding teeth become cracked, chipped or infected, the entire bridge must be repaired or replaced. Healthy gums are also crucial for maintaining a functional dental bridge.

DENTAL CROWNS

A dental crown is a tooth shaped prosthetic that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape, size, strength and/or appearance. Generally, the lifespan of a crown has a range of 5 to 15 years.

The type of material used to create your crown can affect how it wears. Porcelain and resin crowns, known for being the most natural looking, can tend to chip more often than other types of crowns. Metal crowns tend are very durable as well, but they are generally only used on teeth that are not visible.

How well your crown is placed initially can also affect its lifespan. When a crown falls out, the cause could be an improper initial fitting, allowing the cement to wash away and/or cause decay.

Activities like eating ice, bruxism or using your teeth as tools can also put your crown at risk for damage. So take care of your teeth, including the fake ones. They can last for a long time, preventing unnecessary financial investment.

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