In this blog post from Staten Island Dental Care we’re going to talk about dental bridges, a common tooth replacement option.
While dental bridges have restored smiles for generations, they are not without drawbacks. One is keeping them clean. Many people find it all but impossible to keep the small areas around and under the bridge clean. This is not surprisingm because it can be hard to get toothbrush bristles or dental floss under the bridge.
Of course harmful bacteria has no trouble moving in and taking over without you even knowing it. When the decay reaches the roots of the surrounding teeth, it is not only painful, you are 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 viable candidates for implants.
A dental implant is a metal post screwed directly into the jaw bone. The post goes where the tooth root used to be.
Dental implants do not have the same decay risk as the teeth that anchor dental bridges. They must be brushed and flossed, but this is not much different than cleaning a natural tooth.
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