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Dental trauma and untreated cavities can sometimes alter a tooth so severely that it cannot viably be treated by endodontic means. In some of these extreme cases our dentist might recommend extracting whatever remains of the badly compromised tooth and suturing the gums.

If you don’t have the missing tooth replaced in a reasonable amount of time it could lead to more complications than just decreased oral function. The gap could leave you with an unappealing smile, while also obscuring certain elements of your speech. In time the structural change could cause deviations in your bite pattern.

As it continues to develop the misaligned teeth can might meet improperly with their partners in your bite pattern leading to problems with chipped and fractured teeth. In some of these cases the patient might also experience problems with dental attrition.

To prevent these long-term complications, a dentist like Dr. Michael Tobola might recommend installing a dental bridge. The dental work consists of an artificial tooth that is incorporated with two dental crowns. The dental bridge will need to be mounted to a pair of abutments formed from the two closest neighboring teeth.

When it’s ready you will need to return to Family and Cosmetic Dentistry to have our dentist cement the dental bridge in place with a strong dental adhesive.

If you live in the Auburn Hills, Michigan, area and you have recently lost a tooth, you should call 248-852-8766 to explore the dental restorations offered at Family and Cosmetic Dentistry.