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Jean E. Barthman, DDS
801 Brewster Ave Ste 255
Redwood City, CA 94063
Ph: (650) 367-4967

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Meet Dr. Barthman

Dr. BarthmanBeauty, Health and Comfort. These words best describe the office of Dr. Barthman. Because of her years of experience and education, she possesses the latest knowledge and techniques in restorative and cosmetic dentistry to help you achieve optimal results.

Dr. Barthman is a Member of

  • American Dental Association
  • Las Vegas Institute for
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Above all else, Dr. Barthman wants for you to have a beautiful, new smile. Prevention is the key to staying healthy and so we recommend the following tips to get you on your way:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Chew sugarless gum instead of sugary varieties.
  • Floss daily and if possible, after every meal.
  • Prevent plaque and cavities by reducing your daily intake of sweet snacks.
  • Schedule a cleaning and oral examination with Dr. Barthman once a year.


How Long Does a Dental Bridge Last

May 08, 2020 @ 01:24 PM -- by Dr. Jean Barthman
Tagged with: Dental Bridges

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Replacing missing teeth is essential for optimal, long-term oral health. Dr. Jean E. Barthman offers a wide range of restorative dentistry treatments at our Redwood City, CA, practice. Popular teeth replacement options include dentures, dental implants, and dental bridges.

Many of our patients want to know how long a dental bridge lasts. It is important to explore the pros and cons of all treatment options before deciding on a plan. Here, our team discusses the lifespan of dental bridges and offers recommendations for proper care and maintenance.

Lifespan of Dental Bridges

On average, dental bridges can last anywhere from five to 15 years. However, as more advanced materials and techniques are introduced, these restorations are lasting even longer. In many cases, a bridge can last at least two decades with appropriate attention and care.

Implant-supported dental bridges can last even longer than their traditional counterparts. While they last about 20 years on average, many individuals keep the same restoration for the rest of their lives.

Why Dental Bridges Fail

Dental bridges are made to be strong and resilient, but they can fail under certain circumstances. Here are some of the most common reasons why bridges fail:

  • Poor oral hygiene: Proper brushing and flossing is necessary for the long-term success of your bridge. Failure to care for your bridge properly can lead to gum disease or the development of cavities underneath the restoration.
  • Weak materials: Bridges can be made from a variety of materials. While an all-ceramic crown is excellent for a front tooth, it can be problematic in the back of the jaw, where bite forces are the strongest.
  • Insufficient tooth structure: Bridges require sufficient tooth structure for stability. If an anchor tooth is too decayed or broken down, then the bridge may fail.
  • Bad habits: Opening packages with your teeth or crunching on ice can cause significant damage to dental restorations. If you have bad habits, kick them to the curb before undergoing dental bridge treatment.
  • Bone loss: The natural teeth and restorations are dependent on the supporting bone for stability. If you sustain bone loss from gum disease, your bridge may eventually fall out.

How to Prolong the Life of Your Dental Bridge

Following a few simple guidelines can ensure that your bridge lasts for years to come. Here are a few tips from our Redwood City, CA, dental team:

  • Visit your dentist at least every six months for routine exams and cleanings.
  • Brush twice a day with a soft brush and nonabrasive fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss underneath the bridge at least once a day.
  • Consider topical fluoride treatments to keep your natural tooth structure strong.
  • Use an antibacterial rinse to keep reduce the risk of decay and gum disease.
  • Avoid biting into hard or crunchy foods with your dental bridge.

Schedule a Consultation Today

Dental bridges are a reliable and long-lasting teeth replacement option. Caring for them properly can ensure that they continue to serve you well for many years. To find out more about dental bridges, or any of the other restorative options we offer, schedule an appointment at our Redwood City, CA, office. Call us at (650) 367-4967 or contact us online anytime.