Severe tooth decay, cracked teeth, and extreme fractures can sometimes cause so much damage to a tooth that it simply cannot be saved. When this happens, Dr. Stephanie S. Karlin & Justin S. Petracek will often recommend that the tooth be completely extracted before it is restored by a dental bridge.
A dental bridge is single piece of dental work, designed to mimic the appearance of a natural tooth fused to a pair of crowns to form a single piece of dental work. This bridge is then anchored onto abutments formed from the two neighboring teeth.
To form the abutments your dentist will remove the majority of enamel layer of each tooth, leaving a post-like structure. The dentist will then form an impression of the abutments and the corresponding teeth in your bite pattern.
At the end of the appointment temporary crowns are placed over each abutment to protect them while a dental lab works on your final bridge.
Once the dental lab has finished your permanent bridge, Dakota Ridge Dental will call you back in for a brief second appointment. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new permanent bridge is cemented in place over the abutments.
If you have lost a tooth or had one extracted, you should call Dakota Ridge Dental at 303.933.2420 to schedule an appointment to explore your restoration options.