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If you are missing one or more teeth, it is important that you take steps to restore your smile. Missing teeth give bacteria and plaque a place to accumulate, and will allow your remaining teeth to drift out of alignment. Additionally, missing teeth can make a person feel less confident and more self-conscious; affect your ability to eat and speak clearly, and can make you appear older than you actually are.

For many people, dental implants are a great option for replacing missing teeth. Since they are placed directly into the jaw, they are sturdy, and will become more so as the bone grows in around them. But dental implants are not for everyone. People who do not have healthy gums or enough bone in their jaws may not be able to support the implants. If a person cannot commit to a solid dental regimen, takes certain medications or has certain conditions, he or she may not be a good candidate for implants. Additionally, the process of getting implants is longer than that of getting a bridge, and is more involved as it requires surgery. After an exam and consultation, your dentist may suggest a different restoration option, such as a dental bridge.

With a dental bridge, the teeth on each side of the gap are filed down to the dentin over which crowns will be placed to anchor the new bridge. The crowns and bridge are made from impressions of your teeth in a lab and will be attached by the dentist with dental cement. The bridge will serve as a sturdy replacement for your missing teeth

Your bridge can last for many years if it is properly cared for, which means proper brushing and flossing, and regular visits to the dentist for cleanings and exams.

If you are missing teeth and are ready to restore your smile, our dentists, Dr. Frederick Stark and Dr. Brad Norden will be happy to see you! If you live in the Derby, Kansas, area contact Derby Family Dentistry for an appointment. We look forward to helping you get your smile back on track.