A Tooth Lost to Severe Decay Could Be Replaced by a Bridge

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An untreated cavity that goes ignored for too long can allow the decay to spread within the tooth and severely compromise the pulp and root of the tooth. In time, it can result in the total loss of the tooth. Should this prove to be the case for you, your dentist, Dr. Dexter Inniss, might need to extract the remnants to prevent pain, infection, and other complications.

Once your gums have completely healed, we can help you get a better understanding of your replacement options. One of the most effective ways to restore a tooth lost to severe decay is to install a dental bridge in its place. A dental bridge in Conyers, Georgia, is essentially two crowns fused together with an artificial tooth in the middle. It is mounted on a pair of abutments that are formed by the two closest neighboring teeth.

Your dentist usually needs two separate appointments to completely install a new bridge. Your dentist will examine the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are completely healthy.

Then, he will use a drill to remove all of the tooth enamel from each tooth. This creates a pair of abutments that will later anchor your bridge.

A detailed impression will be made of the area. This will be sent to a dental lab where your new bridge will be made. Finally, hard, plastic, temporary crowns will be secured over each abutment to protect them.

A member of our staff will call you to schedule your second appointment when the dental lab has completed your new bridge. During this visit, the temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented into place.

If you have a tooth suffering from an extreme amount of decay, you should not delay in contacting Gentle Touch Dental at 770-760-7566 to seek treatment and timely restoration.