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A tooth lost to untreated tooth decay or a severe dental trauma can certainly limit your basic oral function. If the tooth was in the back of your mouth, it could impair your ability to chew and grind food before safe swallowing. If the tooth was located near the front of your mouth, it could alter the appearance of your smile, affect your clarity of speech and impair your ability to effectively bite off pieces of food.

In a situation like this you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Petchalonis and Dr. Balasubramanian. After a basic assessment of the problem, he can help you explore the dental restorations available at Petchalonis Dental & Associates.

If you’re not comfortable with the oral surgery and extended time table of a dental implant restoration, our dentists might recommend installing a dental bridge to replace the tooth. This is basically an artificial tooth fused into one single piece of dental work with a hollow crown at each end.

Dr. Anthony Petchalonis will need to remove the tooth enamel from each tooth neighboring the void. A careful impression will then be prepared of the area and the corresponding teeth. Your custom dental bridge can then be created.

When your bridge is ready, our dentists will complete the dental restoration by cementing the dental bridge in place.

If you live in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, area and you are missing a tooth, you should call 215-732-3350 to seek professional care at Petchalonis Dental & Associates.