Steven T. Cutbirth DDS, 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 post, we will discuss a tooth replacement option prevalent in Waco: 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 Texas people with dental bridges find it difficult 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 hardly possible.
Without proper cleaning, detrimental bacteria have 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
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 tooth implant is screwed directly into the jaw bone. It is not attached to teeth like the dental bridges traditionally used in Waco.
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 tooth 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.
At Steven T. Cutbirth DDS, tooth implants 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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