Dental bridges have restored smiles for thousands of people, and they do a good job of improving a tooth’s appearance and the patient’s bite. But they are not problem free. Many people find it impossible to keep keep them completely clean. It can be hard to get toothbrush bristles or dental floss under the bridge.
That opens the door to harmful bacteria, which can lead to new tooth decay. If the decay reaches the roots of the surrounding teeth, it is not only painful, the person is at risk of losing those teeth.
A dental implant looks just like the tooth restoration on a high-quality dental bridge, but the important part is what you don’t see.
A dental implant is a titanium post screwed directly into the jaw bone. An artificial tooth goes on top of the post. It is not attached to teeth like with dental bridges. 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 serves as the replacement tooth root.
Dental implants do not have the same decay risk as the teeth that come with 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 for smile-smart Cornwall dental patients.
Dental implants can replace one or more teeth providing durability, beauty, and natural function. Moreover, they can also serve as anchors for full or partial dentures.
At Cornwall Dental Arts, we also provide general and family dentistry, and love catering to kids with our pediatric dentistry. We provide you with patient comforts to make your visit more enjoyable. Schedule an appointment with us today.
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