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Dental Bridge vs. Dental Implant

added on: January 29, 2016

Attention Owensboro Replace Your Dental Bridge Before You Lose TeethHello Owensboro visitors, welcome to Thompson & Frey Cosmetic & Family Dentistry. Let’s talk about a tooth replacement option common in Owensboro: dental bridges.

While dental bridges have restored smiles for thousands of Owensboro dental patients, they are not problem free. Many Kentucky people with dental bridges find it impossible to keep the small areas around the bridge clean. This is not surprising because it is hard to get toothbrush bristles or dental floss under the bridge.

Of course harmful bacteria has no trouble moving in and taking over without the Owensboro dental patient even knowing it. When the decay reaches the roots of the surrounding teeth, it is not only painful, the person is at risk of losing those teeth also.

That is one reason why a dental implant is superior to a dental bridge. Most Owensboro 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 dental implant is screwed directly into the jaw bone. It is not attached to teeth like the dental bridges traditionally used in Owensboro. 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 in Kentucky than dental bridges. With proper care, a dental implant can last a lifetime for smile-smart Owensboro dental patients.

At Thompson & Frey Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, dental implants can replace one or more teeth providing strength, beauty, and natural function.  In addition, they can also serve as anchors for full or partial dentures. No more embarrassing slipping!

If you want more specifics about dental implants, I invite you to call Thompson & Frey Cosmetic & Family Dentistry at 270-683-0620. We are Drs. David Thompson and Vicki Frey. Call today to schedule a dental implant consultation. A celebrity-caliber smile can be yours with dental implants.

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