Do you have any missing teeth? If so, do you wonder what restoration could be best for your smile? If you are missing a few consecutive teeth, a dental bridge or dentures could be the best option for you. While some people confuse the two, there is a significant difference: a bridge is a permanent fixture while dentures can be removed. However, our dentist, Dr. Susan A. Vanstone will probably not recommend dentures if you are missing more than three consecutive teeth.
Still, a bridge could be your best option. Typically, bridges are made from metal and other materials that are shaped to match the color, tone, and shape of your smile. Even better, once your bridge has been placed, you’ll be able to chew, eat, and speak comfortably once again. Another benefit of a dental bridge is that you won’t have to make any extra effort to care for them. However, please don’t misunderstand: you’ll still have to care for your smile, but your normal routine—brushing for two minutes a day, flossing daily, and visiting a dentist every six months—is enough.
On a final note, if you’re missing a tooth, please replace it as soon as possible—even if it doesn’t have an impact on the cosmetics of your smile. Aside from struggling to chew and speak, the supporting jawbone beneath your teeth could weaken if a tooth is missing. This will cause it to decay and make your other teeth shift.
If you are interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to contact our team at Great Grins at 859-626-9339. We’re excited to hear from you soon.