At Blaisdell Family Dentistry, we treat dental emergencies such as a knocked-out tooth. Patients who have suffered an injury that either knocks out a tooth or severely damages the tooth have a couple options for tooth replacement.
In today’s article, we will discuss a tooth replacement option common in Boise: dental bridges.
Dental bridges aren’t ideal
Dental bridges have provided a passable tooth replacement for many people, but they are not problem free.
Dental bridges are difficult to clean
Many Idaho people with dental bridges find it challenging to keep the small areas around the bridge clean. It’s hard to get toothbrush bristles or dental floss under the bridge. If you have limited mobility, it’s practically impossible.
Without proper cleaning, harmful bacteria has no trouble moving in and taking over. When the decay reaches the roots of the surrounding teeth, ouch! It’s not only painful, the person is at risk of losing those teeth.
A dental implant is superior to a dental bridge
That is one reason why a dental implant is superior to a dental bridge. Most Boise people with missing teeth are great candidates for dental implants.
A dental implant looks just like the beautiful tooth restoration on a high-quality dental bridge, but the important part is what you don’t see.
A dental implant is screwed directly into the jaw bone. It is not attached to teeth like the dental bridges traditionally used in Boise.
A tooth implant is a more conservative replacement
In a way, an 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 serves as the replacement tooth root.
Dental implants do not have the same risk of decay as the teeth that anchor dental bridges. Of course, men and women with dental implants need to brush and floss, but cleaning a dental implant is usually no more difficult than cleaning a normal tooth.
Tooth implants have a better track record in Idaho than dental bridges. With proper care, a dental implant can last a lifetime for smile-smart dental patients.
At Blaisdell Family Dentistry, dental implant procedures can replace one or more teeth providing stability, beauty, and natural function.
If you have a missing tooth, don’t settle for a dental bridge. Your smile deserves the best tooth-replacement option.
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