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Tooth loss can come in many different forms. This could include severely untreated tooth decay, dental trauma that compromises the socket structure, or a severe oral infection. When it happens, the void left behind can pose any number of potential complications.

Beyond the obvious decrease in oral function and any changes to your speech and appearance, tooth loss can also cause orthodontic complications. As time goes by, the structural void can cause the adjacent teeth to change their position and orientation. This could eventually cause enamel attrition and dental fractures on related teeth.

Sometimes a bridge can be used to fill the void. Yet many people who choose this restoration method, in the past, have complained that the dental work doesn’t feel as strong as the original tooth.

In recent years, dental implants have fast become a preferred method for restoring a missing tooth. This calls for a minimally invasive oral surgery, where a titanium stud, known as an abutment, is secured to the bone structure beneath the void. Later, a standard crown can be cemented onto it.

The firm relationship of the titanium abutment will bond with the living bone tissues in the area to create a feeling that rivals the strength of the tooth’s original root.

If you live in the Charlottesville, Virginia area and you need a tooth restored, you should call 434-218-7072 to set up a consultation appointment with Dr. Dr. Jennifer Rice and Dr. James Rice.