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When you lose a tooth the resulting void in your mouth can prove to be more than a nuisance. Even if you adapt to decreased oral function and learn to live with any cosmetic changes, the structural loss can start to affect the adjacent teeth.

This can gradually cause multiple teeth in the area to turn and potentially drift out of their correct alignment. This can leave you at increased risk of suffering chips, dental fractures, and dental attrition complications on multiple teeth.

In a situation like this, you should contact a professionally trained dentist like Dr. Kenneth Hancock to understand your tooth restoration options. In many of these cases he can prevent future complications and restore your basic oral function by installing a dental bridge into the void.

This dental restoration starts with Dr. Hancock forming two abutments out of the two neighboring teeth. To do this he will remove the tooth enamel layer from each tooth. Once this is done he will cast an impression of the area. It will be sent to a professional dental lab, where highly skilled dental technicians will create the dental bridge from durable dental materials.

When it’s ready you will need to return to Dr. Kenneth Hancock’s clinic to have the dental bridge cemented into place with a strong dental adhesive.

If you live in Olympia, Washington, and you have recently lost a tooth, you should call 360-464-2099 to explore the dental restorations available at Kenneth Hancock DDS.