A popular type of restorative procedure, dental bridges offer numerous benefits, including long-lasting wear. Part of what makes a bridge durable is the quality of the material and the skill with which it is placed. The other contributing factor is literally in your hands—the level of oral hygiene. At Coleman & Coleman Advanced Dentistry, we offer a selection of first-rate bridges in ceramic, porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM), and gold. Depending on a patient’s dedication to brushing, flossing, and routine checkups, dental bridges can last 20 years or more. However, without careful maintenance, the dental bridge may break, the tooth or teeth underneath may develop cavities, or there may be another concern. Restoring any damage or decay and replacing the bridge typically can address these issues, but prevention is often the best (and most cost-effective) approach.
Some patients naturally experience a higher rate of bridge or crown failure, even with diligent brushing and flossing. If this has happened to you, a dental implant or implant-supported bridge may be a better choice. We’ll be happy to discuss your options during your initial consultation.