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The void left by a missing tooth can do more than leave you with an unattractive smile. It could also impair your ability to bite off pieces of tough food and obscure your speech.

Even if you learn to live with the impaired oral function the structural change could start to affect the alignment of other teeth in the area.

To help prevent these problems and restore the essential function of your mouth our dentists might recommend a dental bridge. It is essentially a solid piece of dental work comprising a replica tooth bonded with a dental crown on each end.

Carefully removing the tooth enamel layer from the two teeth neighboring the void, will provide two anchoring abutments to support the dental bridge. A detailed impression of the area will serve as a guide for the dental technicians who will create the dental work.

A dental bridge that will appear when you smile will likely be made from a special type of dental porcelain. The material can be shaded to mimic the appearance of tooth enamel, allowing the dental bridge to blend in with the surrounding natural teeth.

You will need to return to Complete Dental Care for a follow-up appointment to have the dental bridge cemented onto its anchoring abutments.

If you live in the Steubenville, Ohio, area and you have a badly compromised tooth, feel free to call 740-264-6811 to seek timely treatment at with our skilled team. We look forward to helping you create a healthy, beautiful smile you can be proud of!