By taking good care of your bridge, you can ensure it will last for many years. You will need to clean your bridge and the false tooth or teeth it supports every day, just as you would with your real teeth – your dentist will show you how to use a bridge needle or special floss to ensure it is thoroughly clean. To prevent damage, it’s best to avoid chewing hard foods and ice. With good oral hygiene and regular check-ups, a fixed bridge will last between 5 to 15 years. In the long run, replacing missing teeth with a dental bridge should actually make eating easier. However, until you become accustomed to the bridge, try to stick to soft foods and cut your bites into small, manageable pieces.