Kenneth Woo DDS - August 2019

Bridges Vs. Dental Implants

Q: What do dentists call X-rays?

As you age, your body shows signs of wear and tear. Your joints seem stiffer, you squint more, and even your

A: Tooth pics!

teeth become a little discolored. You may become embarrassed about your smile, but you don’t have to keep living that way! Below are two options for repairing your teeth so you can age with confidence. Bridges


Summertime Gazpacho

A bridge is a great alternative to full-mouth repairs for patients who are struggling with one or two missing, chipped, or decaying teeth. Aptly named, bridges literally “bridge the gap” in your smile. A false tooth fills the space where your decayed, missing, or chipped tooth once sat. This replacement is held in place by abutments, which are fastened into the gums and bones adjacent to the missing tooth. Crowns are placed on healthy teeth next to the gap, which protect your bridge and give it stability. Bridges can fill larger gaps, but additional crowns and abutments are needed. Dental Implants Dental implants mimic bridges in the sense that false teeth are utilized in both procedures to replace real teeth. However, dental implants don’t rely on adjacent teeth. Instead, dental implants are anchored to the bone and jaw and function as permanent, stable dentures. Dental implants are surgically implanted into a patient’s mouth with “teeth” that are designed and colored to match a patient’s smile. The process can seem overwhelming, but it’s a very common procedure with little pain. Caring for Your False Teeth Bridges and dental implants are designed to function and mimic the anatomy of your real teeth. So, just like your regular chompers, false teeth need regular cleaning, flossing, and appointments to maintain their health. In addition, avoid using your teeth as tools to open things. This can damage all your teeth, including the anchoring on dental implants and bridges. Coupled with health and safety reasons, bridges and dental implants are a big investment. Protect them by adhering to regular cleanings and oral health.

Inspired by

Gazpacho, an Andalusian soup made of blended

vegetables and traditionally served cold, is the perfect refresher on a warm summer day.


2 1/2 lbs ripe tomatoes; cored, seeded, and cut into 1-inch chunks 1 small cucumber; peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch chunks 1 red bell pepper; cored, seeded, and sliced into ribbons 1 small Vidalia onion, peeled and cubed

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1/4 cup basil leaves 1 clove garlic, peeled

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 tbsp sherry vinegar

Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


1. Place a blender and medium mixing bowl on your workstation. 2. Divide the tomato chunks, cucumber pieces, and bell pepper slices evenly between blender and bowl. Place entire onion in blender. 3. Add basil, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper to blender. Blend on low, gradually raising speed to high until smooth, about 2 minutes. 4. Add blender contents to bowl and mix until just broken up, about 10–20 seconds. 5. Let mixture sit in fridge for a minimum of 2 hours. Transfer to bowls and serve.

You deserve a smile that you love! Learn more about how the dental experts at Woo Wang Dental can help you find a solution that fits your lifestyle by calling 301.993.1833 or 240.683.3833. Learn more about bridges, dental implants, and other options online at


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