A Severely Decayed Tooth Might Need to Be Completely Replaced by a Bridge

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A small cavity that is left untreated for too long will inevitably spread to compromise more and more tooth enamel. It is possible that so much of the tooth is compromised that your Chandler Dental Excellence dentist must extract it to prevent pain and infection.

After your gums have completely healed, we can help you get a better understanding of your restoration options. One of the most effective ways to restore a tooth is to install a dental bridge in its place. A dental bridge in Chandler, Arizona, 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.

Dr. Kerry Taylor will need two separate appointments to completely install a new bridge. During the first appointment, the dentist will examine the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are completely healthy. The dentist will then use a drill to remove the majority of the enamel layer from each tooth. This will create a pair of abutments that will later anchor your bridge.

A detailed impression is cast of the abutment and any other pertinent teeth in the area. This impression will later be sent to the dental lab where your new bridge will be made. Finally, hard, plastic, temporary crowns are secured over each abutment to protect them.

We will call you to schedule your second appointment when the dental lab technician has completed your new bridge. The temporary crowns will be removed during this appointment and your new bridge will be cemented into place.

If you have a severely decayed tooth, you should not delay in calling Chandler Dental Excellence at 480.786.1734 to explore your treatment options.