Hello San Diego visitors, welcome to Marcos Ortega DDS. Let’s talk about a traditional tooth replacement option common in San Diego: dental bridges.
While dental bridges have restored smiles for generations of people, they are not without drawbacks.
Many people with dental bridges find it impossible to keep the small areas around and under the bridge clean. This is not surprising because it is difficult to get toothbrush bristles or dental floss under the bridge.
Of course, detrimental bacteria have 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 also.
That is one reason why a dental implant is superior to a dental bridge. Most California folks with missing teeth are great candidates for 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 jaw bone. It is not attached to the adjacent teeth. The post replaces the tooth root and is implanted where the tooth root used to be.
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.
Tooth implants have a far better track record than dental bridges. With proper care, a dental implant can last a lifetime for smile-smart San Diego dental patients.
Dental implants can replace one or more teeth providing durability, beauty, and natural function.
In addition, implants can anchor full or partial dentures.
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