A tooth that suffered from severe decay or damage can sometimes be so compromised that it needs to be extracted to prevent pain and infection. Even if you get used to the loss of function caused by the missing tooth, it can still lead to future complications. In time, the surrounding teeth can start to twist and alter their positions in response to the void.
To treat this and prevent complications, your dentist, Dr. Jing Yang, will often recommend restoring the extracted tooth with a dental bridge. For all intents and purposes, this is two crowns fused together with a third representative tooth in the middle. It is mounted on a pair of abutments that are formed by the two closest neighboring teeth.
It commonly requires two separate appointments to completely install a dental bridge in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. During the first appointment, your dentist will examine the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are completely healthy.
Your dentist will then use a drill to remove most of the enamel layer of each tooth. This creates a pair of abutments that will later anchor your bridge.
An impression will be cast of the area, which will be sent to our dental lab. This will serve as a guide for the technician when custom making your final bridge. Once this is done, hard, plastic, temporary crowns will be secured over each abutment to protect them.
We will call you to schedule your second appointment when the dental lab technician has completed your new bridge. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented into place.
If you’re missing a tooth, or if you have recently had one extracted, you should call Brighter Smiles Family Dental at 717-274-5613 to see if you’re a good candidate for a bridge restoration.