Severe tooth decay on one of your teeth, might cause so much damage to the interior of the tooth that it needs to be extracted. This missing tooth can compromise you’re your ability to chew food and have a serious negative impact on your quality of life. In time the void left by the missing tooth can cause the neighboring teeth to twist or even start to move to fill the area. This can lead to alignment issues with your bite.
In a situation like this Mill Creek General Dentistry can restore the function, structure and appearance of the missing tooth with a bridge. A bridge essentially mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused to a pair of crowns, that are anchored on abutments formed from the neighboring teeth.
Forming abutments from the neighboring teeth involves your dentist removing the majority of enamel from each tooth. There will be a little enamel left to protect the healthy pulp and root of the teeth. These abutments will later provide a strong anchor to hold your bridge in place.
Your dentist will then create an impression of the area, including the abutments, and your personal bite pattern. This will be used as a guide for the dental lab that makes your new bridge. Temporary crowns, are then cemented over each abutment to protect them during the interim.
When the dental lab is done with your new bridge Mill Creek General Dentistry will call you in for a brief second appointment. The temporary crowns are removed and your dentist will cement the permanent bridge in place.
If you have a tooth suffering from severe tooth decay that needs to be restored, please call Dr. Mill Creek General Dentistry at 425-337-5549 to schedule an appointment.