When a tooth is knocked out, extracted or otherwise lost to untreated cavities it can cause several different complications. At first, you might simply suffer from decreased oral function. If the tooth was visible in your smile it could also alter your appearance and speech.
If the tooth’s structural presence isn’t restored in a timely manner, it could cause the neighboring teeth to drift out of their natural alignment. When this happens, excess wear and tear can compromise the tooth enamel on related teeth, causing dental attrition or dental fractures.
To prevent these complications from occurring, the dentists at Gentle Touch Dental‘s Conyers, Georgia clinic can install a piece of bridgework over the void. This is an effective dental restoration using one single piece of dental work that represents three teeth. There are crowns on each end that are anchored atop abutments formed from the neighboring teeth.
Your Gentle Touch Dental dentist will form the abutments by removing the tooth enamel from the two closest teeth. A detailed impression will be created of the abutments, and the related teeth in your bite pattern. This will be sent to our dental lab where your new bridge is made.
Temporary crowns will then be cemented over each abutment to protect them while the dental lab works to produce the permanent bridge.
One of our staff members will call you to set up a brief, second appointment when you bridge is ready. The temporary crowns will be removed and the dentist will cement your new bridge over the two abutments.