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If you’ve had a tooth in your smile knocked out or lost to an untreated cavity it can significantly alter your smile’s appearance, limit your ability to bite off piece of food, and even alter the clarity of your speech.

If the structural void in the area isn’t addressed in a reasonable amount of time, it could cause the neighboring teeth to fall out of their correct alignment. As this starts to happen, the teeth and their partners in your bite pattern will be at increased risk of suffering dental fractures and dental attrition complications.

One way to prevent these complications and restore the full function and appearance of your mouth is to have Dr. Kimberlee J. Karey install a dental bridge into the void. This is one single piece of dental work that basically mimics the original tooth. It is fused to a pair of crowns that will eventually be anchored on abutments formed from the cores of the two closest teeth.

It will need to be prepared at a dental lab, where skilled dental technicians will craft the dental bridge from a special porcelain material. It can be effectively shaded to match the surrounding teeth to seamlessly restore your smile’s appearance.

You will need to return for a brief second appointment when the dental bridge is ready. Dr. Kimberlee J. Karey will then use a strong dental adhesive to cement the bridge onto the abutments.

If you live in the Ann Arbor, Michigan, area and you are missing a front tooth, you should call 734.668.6612 to schedule an appointment at Kimberlee J. Karey, DDS.