12 Dec When Is It Time to Replace a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge can transform your smile and restore your confidence by filling the gap where you once had a missing tooth. But even though dental bridges are made of durable materials, they don’t last forever. Your dentist will check for signs of damage, but if your bridge is causing you any pain or discomfort, it might be time for a replacement. Here’s how to know when it’s time to replace a dental bridge.
How Long Does a Dental Bridge Last?
With proper care, a dental bridge should last around 15 years. Cleaning your bridge every day
(and wearing a night guard if you have bruxism) will help extend its lifespan. However, you may need to get your bridge repaired or replaced if it has excessive wear or is causing other problems. Making regular dental appointments is crucial in prolonging the lifespan of a dental bridge. Professional teeth cleanings will help it last longer, and dental exams give your dentist an opportunity to spot any signs that it’s time for a repair or a replacement.
Five Signs It’s Time to Get Your Dental Bridge Replaced
1: Cracks or Fractures in the Bridge
Dental bridges can get damaged from teeth grinding, impacts, and injuries, as well as general wear. Consult your dentist right away if you notice visible damage such as cracks or fractures. Structural damage can compromise the effectiveness of the bridge and may lead to further dental problems if left untreated. Cracked bridges can also harbor bacteria, increasing the risk of gum disease.
2: Persistent Discomfort or Pain
While it’s normal to experience some slight discomfort immediately after the procedure, a dental bridge should be comfortable for the rest of its lifespan. Persistent pain or discomfort may be a sign of an ill-fitting bridge or issues with the surrounding teeth, such as decay or shifting. If you experience any ongoing pain or sensitivity around your bridge, don’t hesitate to contact your dentist.
3: Changes in Your Bite or Speech
A dental bridge should not affect the way your teeth bite together or how you speak. However, an ill-fitting bridge can affect your ability to chew properly and lead to speech problems as well. If you notice any changes in your bite or speech patterns, let your dentist know so they can evaluate your bridge and adjust it or replace it.
4: Gum Inflammation or Recurrent Infections
If you are not cleaning your bridge properly, bacteria buildup can cause gum inflammation and the chronic infection known as gum disease. If you notice any redness, tenderness, or swelling around your bridge, contact your dentist immediately. Letting gum disease go untreated will not only compromise the health of your teeth, but the harmful bacteria can even spread to other parts of your body.
5: Noticeable Wear and Tear
Just like natural teeth, dental bridges experience wear and tear over time. If you’ve had your bridge for 10 years or more, you may already have noticed minor chipping or staining. Any type of more extensive wear will warrant a replacement.
Need to Replace Your Dental Bridge? Give Us a Call
If you notice any signs of damage to your bridge, or if it feels worn, is causing any discomfort, or affecting the way you speak, we can help. The team at Dr. Saba and Associates can replace your dental bridge with a new one that fits comfortably and feels natural. Call our office at 480-895-2111 today to make an appointment.