Patients who have bridgework frequently suffer from trapped food after eating. A permanently placed bridge involves prosthetic teeth that are connected to crowns on either side of the space. While this may seem like a cost-effective and sufficient solution for a few missing teeth, it has some drawbacks. It becomes very easy for food to get trapped between these fake teeth, between the real teeth and the fake teeth, as well as below the fake teeth where they touch the gum ridge. The problem worsens as the gums recede. Patients who have a bridge are often frustrating and embarrassed by this problem.
When choosing dental implants, however, you do not have to worry about food entrapment. Dental implants rise out of the gum and bone with root structures made out of titanium. They look and function like natural teeth. Since the crown is directly connected to the metal in dental implants, there is no space for food to collect between the crown and the gum line.
Trapped food is not only embarrassing to deal with while at dinner with friends or family, but it also poses a risk to your dental health. Trapped food debris that is not removed in a timely manner can lead to plaque build up, gum disease and tooth decay on your natural teeth. After replacing missing teeth, you will need (and want) to do everything you can to protect your smile. Dental implants can ensure your smile is kept in better health, better function and better aesthetics!