What is a fixed bridge? A fixed bridge is a man-made prosthetic device utilized to replace missing teeth. The fixed bridge can be made of resin, ceramic and metal. It is attached to a tooth with dental glue.
A fixed bridge doesn’t last forever, they are viable typically for five to ten years on natural teeth and even longer on dental implants. Interestingly though, most people believe that once a fixed bridge is made and inserted in their mouth, that the bridge will last forever. That is not true. A successful fixed bridge requires an understanding of both success and failure.
In actuality, dental implants are the most durable alternative to replace missing teeth when the patient takes care of his or her mouth properly.
Alternatives to fixed bridges are: A) Living with missing teeth, B) Removable dentures, and C) Dental implants
Common reasons for why fixed bridges do not last:
- Lack of proper home care. A fixed bridge device requires diligent cleaning by the patient. A patient should keep the surfaces of the fixed bridge clear of food and debris. Ask your dentist how to properly care for the fixed bridge to achieve long-term success.
- Drinking anything other than water contributes to premature failure of the edges of the fixed bridge – the margins. The margins can become vulnerable to acid attacks from drinks. Sipping sugar or acid containing drinks will have an adverse impact on your bridge, no doubt.
- Microleakage. The connection of the fixed bridge to the tooth is achieved with dental cement. Through many months of cycles of hot and cold fluids, the dental cement can begin to break down and fail. The cement and margin is the weak point of the fixed bridge. Rinsing with a alcohol-free fluoride rinse can leak underneath the dental cement and protect the tooth from cavities.
- Forgetting to floss regularly. Flossing is the process of using a string to wipe off plaque build-up and food from that day. An alternative to flossing is forced water with a device. Skipping these actions can lead to premature tooth decay or cavities.
- Lack of knowledge about the 7 Minute Window. In my previous research and writings, this is by far the most common reason for failure of fixed bridges.
It is my wish and desire that you have many years of health and success with your fixed bridges. If not, have comfort in the fact that there are other alternatives that may serve you well in your quest for better health.
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~ Dr. Joe Kravitz, DDS, MS
Dentist, Author, Researcher, Coach