This post from The Lewisville Dentist is about dental bridges, and dental implants.
While dental bridges have restored smiles for thousands of people, they are not problem free. Many people with bridges find it impossible to keep the small areas around the bridge clean. This is not surprising, because it is hard to get toothbrush bristles or even dental floss under the bridge.
Of course harmful bacteria has no trouble moving in and taking over without the wearer even knowing it. This leads to decay, and when it reaches the roots of the surrounding teeth, it is not only painful, the person is at risk of losing those teeth.
That is one reason why a dental implant is superior to a dental bridge. Most people with missing teeth are great candidates for dental implants.
A dental implant is a titanium post that is screwed directly into the jaw bone. A single implant can support one artificial tooth, while several can support a set of dentures. Dental implants are not attached to teeth the way bridges are. In a way, a dental implant is a more conservative tooth replacement because it leaves the adjacent teeth intact. The bone and gum tissue mesh permanently with the titanium post that acts as the replacement tooth root.
Dental implants do not have the same decay risk as the teeth that anchor dental bridges. Of course patients with dental implants need to brush and floss, but cleaning a dental implant is usually no more difficult than cleaning a normal tooth.
Dental implants have a far better track record than dental bridges. With proper care, a dental implant can last a lifetime.
At The Lewisville Dentist, dental implants can replace one or more teeth providing stability, beauty, and natural function.
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