Losing a tooth to an untreated cavity, dental trauma, or other oral health problem can certainly affect your quality of life in a myriad of ways. Having the tooth restored by an experienced dentist like Dr. Lori Hawkins can restore your basic oral function while also preventing orthodontic complications from developing.
At your initial consultation appointment, Dr. Hawkins can help you understand your dental restoration options. If you’re not comfortable with the oral surgery and extended timetable needed to restore the tooth with a dental implant, she might recommend installing a dental bridge into the existing void.
This is a standard piece of dental work that consists of a pair of crowns that are fully fused to an artificial tooth that represents the original. It will eventually be anchored in your mouth on abutments formed from the core of the two closest teeth.
The dental bridge will need to be created in a special dental lab. When it’s ready, you will need to return to Dr. Hawkins’s dental office to have it cemented in place. This will fully replace the tooth’s presence in your mouth for many years to come.
If you live in the Belpre, Ohio, area and you are missing a tooth, please call 740-423-8416 to explore the dental restoration options available at Hawkins Family Dentistry.