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The teeth in the front of your mouth play an important role in helping you bite off pieces of hard and tough foods. They are also presented to the world when you smile.

When a front tooth is lost to a severe dental trauma or an untreated cavity the void in your mouth can do more than impair your basic oral function. It can also hamper the clarity of your speech and leave you feeling self-conscious about your appearance.

In time the change in structure could also cause the nearby teeth to alter their alignment, which could cause chips and fractures in the tooth enamel of the related teeth in your bite pattern.

If you are missing a tooth you should consider scheduling an appointment with a dentist like Dr. Bruce Westover. In many of these situations he can install a dental bridge to help prevent further complications and restore the essential function of the tooth.

The dental restoration process involves him carefully removing the tooth enamel from each of the two teeth neighboring the void to create a pair of dentin abutments. These small pillars will later serve as anchor points for your dental bridge.

The dental bridge will be prepared in a dental lab from a special type of porcelain that mimics the appearance of natural tooth enamel. Then Dr. Bruce Westover will cement it in place to restore the basic function and appearance of your missing front tooth.

If you live in the Cottonwood, Arizona, area and you have recently lost a tooth, you should not delay in calling 928-634-5566 to explore the dental restorations offered at Dr. Bruce Westover.