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When a tooth is knocked out, lost to severe decay, or required extraction as part of the treatment process it can alter the function and long-term health of your mouth in a myriad of ways. Even if you learn to adapt to the decreased ability to chew and any changes to your appearance, the void between your teeth can start to alter their alignment.

As the nearby teeth start to turn and drift out of their correct position it can start to cause problems with the related teeth in your dentition. This can start to cause enamel attrition on multiple teeth while also increasing your chances of suffering chips and fractures on the other teeth in your bite pattern.

In a situation like this, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Novan Nguyen’s dental office. If the problem is caught early, he might be able to simply restore the missing tooth by installing a dental bridge.

This calls for him to form abutments out of the two closest teeth. To do this Dr. Novan Nguyen uses a drill to remove the existing tooth enamel layer from each tooth leaving behind a pair of healthy dentin pillars.

Once this is done, he will then form an impression of the area which will be sent to a state of the art dental lab where your dental bridge will be created.

You will need to come in for a brief second appointment when your bridge is ready. It will then be cemented in place with a strong dental adhesive.

If you live in the Stockton, California, area and you have lost a tooth, you should call 209-952-9290 to seek treatment and dental restoration at Smile 32.