At Love Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair, 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 message, we will discuss a tooth replacement option common in Kelowna: 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 British Columbia people with dental bridges find it problematic 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
That is one reason why a dental implant is superior to a dental bridge. Most Kelowna 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 vital 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 Kelowna.
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, individuals 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 British Columbia than dental bridges. With proper care, a dental implant can last a lifetime for smile-smart dental patients.
At Love Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair, dental implants 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.