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When one of your teeth is lost because of an untreated case of tooth decay or a severe dental trauma, the negative impact on your mouth can be profound. Beyond problems with eating or speaking, the gap left by the missing tooth can alter the appearance of your smile.

As time goes on, the space in your smile can gradually start to alter the alignment of the adjacent teeth. If this problem progresses it could lead to chipped tooth enamel and dental fractures. To prevent these problems from occurring and to restore the full function of your mouth, our dentist, Dr. Gregory Zabek, might be able to install a dental bridge. This is basically an artificial tooth that is attached to two dental crowns, which have been placed over the teeth on each end of the gap.

Once the dentist prepares those teeth by removing the enamel layers, he will take an impression of the area. This impression will be used by the dental lab create the bridge. When it’s ready you will need to return for a second appointment to have the dental bridge cemented in place with a strong adhesive. This will complete the treatment process, and will restore the function of the tooth, and the prevent further tooth loss.

If you live in the San Francisco, California, area and you have recently lost a tooth, you should call 415-362-1102 to have it restored at Gregory Zabek Advanced General and Cosmetic Dentistry today!