Are Dental Bridges Long-lasting?

By: Dr. Fadi Zaknoun


If you are missing one or more teeth, you may feel self-conscious about your smile. Not only that, but it is likely that you may be experiencing difficulty eating or even speaking. To help restore a complete and functional smile, board-certified dentist Dr. Fadi Zaknoun and the caring team at Cape Cod Dental in Wareham, MA offer a full suite of general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry treatments and services, including custom-made dental bridges. Here, we’ll take a closer look at what you can expect when getting a dental bridge, including how long the restoration may last and what you can do to extend its lifespan.

Why would you need a dental bridge?

A dental bridge can be used to fill a gap in the mouth when one or more teeth are missing. Most often, a bridge is used to replace multiple teeth. By restoring a complete smile with a dental bridge, patients can prevent their natural teeth from shifting, which would potentially result in problems with chewing, eating, and speaking clearly.

How are dental bridges placed?

Depending on the location of your missing teeth, how many teeth are missing, your overall oral health, and other factors, Dr. Zaknoun may recommend one of several approaches for your dental bridge. In some cases, a dental bridge is supported by the natural teeth on either side of the gap. When the bridge is needed for the edge of an arch – meaning there is only one natural tooth available for support – that tooth is used as a cantilever. Another option is to secure the bridge using dental implants, which are metal screws inserted into the jawbone.

How long can a dental bridge last?

The lifespan of your dental bridge will depend on several factors, including how the bridge was placed, what materials the restoration is made from, and your commitment to proper dental hygiene and oral care. Generally speaking, dental bridges that are cemented (glued) to natural teeth on either side of the missing teeth may last for about 5 – 10 years. A bridge supported by a single cantilever tooth may last for about 5 – 7 years. The longest-lasting bridges are typically those supported by implants. In all cases, Dr. Zaknoun is committed to using durable materials and advanced techniques to give you as many uninterrupted years with your new bridge as possible.

How can I extend the life of my dental bridge?

To ensure your custom dental bridge remains bright, functional, and intact for as long as possible, be sure to:

  • Brush and floss twice daily
  • Attend in-office dental cleanings twice per year
  • Avoid sticky, hard, or crunchy foods
  • Chew sugar-free gum only
  • Wear a night guard as directed/recommended
  • Do not smoke
  • Limit consumption of staining foods and beverages, like red wine and tea

Should your bridge become compromised or damaged sooner than expected, rest assured that Dr. Zaknoun can help to repair or replace your restoration so you can get back to enjoying a beautiful, healthy smile once again.

Restore your smile with a durable, custom dental bridge in Wareham, MA

If you are self-conscious about gaps in your smile or have concerns about shifting teeth, you may be a candidate for a custom dental bridge. Take the first step toward regaining the form and function of your smile today by calling Cape Cod Dental to schedule your private consultation with top Wareham, MA board-certified dentist Dr. Fadi Zaknoun.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.