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A tooth that has been severely compromised by a large, untreated cavity is at heightened risk of a dental fracture. Should this occur, the damage to the tooth might be so severe that our Mill Creek General Dentistry’s dentist might not be able to repair the tooth with a root canal at our Mill Creek, Washington clinic.

In a rare situation like this, our dentist might recommend extracting the remnants of the tooth to prevent and ease any pain as well as prevent a dangerous infection. Once your gum tissues have completely healed, we can work to restore the lost tooth with a dental bridge. This single piece of dental work is designed to mimic the appearance of a natural tooth that has been fused to a pair of crowns. Each end of the bridge is cemented onto abutments formed out of the core of the two neighboring teeth.

The process starts with our Mill Creek General Dentistry dentist using a drill to remove the tooth enamel from the two teeth neighboring the void. The dentin-pillars left behind will eventually form anchoring abutments. These are essentially protective sheaths of dentin housing the healthy pulp, and the root of each tooth. Temporary crowns are then secured over each abutment to protect it.

After a detailed impression is created, our dentist will secure temporary crowns over each abutment The impression will be sent to a dental lab to help guide them as they produce your permanent bridge. A staff member at our Mill Creek, Washington practice will call you to schedule your second appointment when your new bridge is ready. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new permanent bridge is cemented in place.

If you live in the Mill Creek, Washington area and you have a badly decayed tooth, you should call 425-337-5549 to seek treatment and restoration at Mill Creek General Dentistry’s dental offices.