A Tooth with Severe Decay can be Replaced by a Bridge

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If one of your teeth is suffering from a large area of tooth decay that has been ignored, it could have caused significant damage to the root of the tooth. Sometimes the decay can be so extensive that Kimberlee J. Karey, DDS cannot save the tooth by any other means. We might recommend extracting the tooth and the infected root before restoring it with a bridge.

For all intents and purposes a bridge is single piece of dental work, that mimics the appearance of three teeth. The two outermost teeth are actually crowns that are fused onto a false tooth designed to fill the void.

The first step in restoring the tooth with a bridge is to assess the integrity of the neighboring teeth to make sure they are healthy enough to form abutments. Then your Kimberlee J. Karey, DDS dentist will use a drill to remove the majority of enamel layer of each tooth. leaving a small post-like structure. The two abutments that are formed will eventually serve to anchor the bridge in your mouth.

An impression is then take of the abutments, the void and the corresponding teeth in your bite pattern. This is sent to a dental lab where your permanent bridge is made. Temporary crowns are then placed over the abutments to protect them.

When your bridge is completed Kimberlee J. Karey, DDS will call you to schedule a second appointment. The temporary crowns are removed and your new permanent bridge will be cemented in place.

If you have a severely decayed tooth, or you have recently lost a tooth and you would like to explore your restoration options, please call Kimberlee J. Karey, DDS at 734.668.6612 to schedule an appointment.