Dental bridges have restored smiles for thousands of people, but they are not problem free. Many people with dental bridges find it impossible to keep the small areas around the bridge clean. An increasingly popular alternative to a bridge is the dental implant, available from Southern York Smile Care in Shrewsbury PA.
Most people with missing teeth are great candidates for dental implants. Implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed in the jaw, to prevent bone recession and support an artificial tooth.
Dental implants look just like the tooth restoration on a high-quality dental bridge, and function like natural teeth. But the important part is what you don’t see.
A dental implant is screwed directly into the jaw bone. It is not attached to teeth like the dental bridges traditionally used in Baltimore. 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 anchor 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 dental patients.
At Southern York Smile Care in Shrewsbury PA, dental implants can replace one or more teeth, providing stability, beauty, and natural function. We also offer restorative dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.