When a tooth is lost to dental trauma or untreated tooth decay the resulting void can lead to several different complications. If any of the root remains in your gums it could continue to decay and potentially cause a dental abscess or other serious infection in the periodontal tissues.
The void left behind by the missing tooth can also do more than hamper your ability to chew food or change your smile’s appearance. As time goes by the loss of structure in the area can cause the neighboring teeth to drift out of their correct position and alignment.
To prevent these problems and restore the full function of your mouth, Dr. [doctor_name] might recommend replacing the missing tooth with a dental bridge. The process typically requires two separate appointments to complete the dental restoration.
During your first appointment Dr. [doctor_name] will examine the two teeth neighboring the void to ensure they are completely healthy; [heshe] will then remove the tooth enamel from each of these teeth. This leaves behind a pair of dentin abutments that will later serve as anchor points for your dental bridge.
An impression will be created of the entire area. It will be sent to a dental lab to guide their technicians in creating your dental bridge. Once this is done a temporary crown will be secured over each abutment to protect it.
When your permanent bridge is ready, we will call you back in for a brief follow up appointment to cement it into place. Once the dental adhesive has fully cured, your new bridge will restore the missing tooth for many years to come.
If you live in the [city], [state] area and you have a severely compromised tooth, you should not delay in calling [phone] to seek dental care at [practice_name].