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What would you do if you or a loved one fell and lost a tooth? What would you do if you were missing several consecutive teeth? Naturally, most people would replace it—especially if it is near the front of their smile. However, have you considered your options? For instance, would you prefer a bridge or a denture? While the two restorations are similar, a bridge is permanent while dentures are removable. Similarly, Dr. Julia Gourley, 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.

Finally, if you are missing teeth, we recommend getting a restoration as soon as possible. If you don’t, it will be more difficult to keep your smile as clean as it could be, which could lead to gum disease, bad breath, and shifting teeth.

If you are interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to contact our team at Apple Family Dental at 360-423-5580. We’re excited to hear from you soon.