At The Norterra Dentist, 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 of options for tooth replacement.
In today’s post, we will discuss a tooth replacement option common in Scottsdale: 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 Arizona 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, dangerous 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
That is one reason why a dental implant is superior to a dental bridge. Most Scottsdale 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 tooth implant is screwed directly into the jawbone. It is not attached to teeth like the dental bridges traditionally used in Scottsdale.
A tooth implant is a more conservative replacement
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 risk of cavities as the teeth that anchor dental bridges. Of course, people with dental implants need to brush and floss, but cleaning a dental implant is usually no more difficult than cleaning a normal tooth.
Permanent dental implants have a better track record in Arizona than dental bridges. With proper care, a dental implant can last a lifetime for smile-smart dental patients.
At The Norterra Dentist, dental implant procedures can replace one or more teeth providing durability, 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.