Without timely treatment, tooth decay can spread to compromise a significant amount of the tooth. In time, this can result in the total loss of the tooth. Without some means of restoration, the void left by the tooth can cause significant complications. The neighboring teeth start to alter their positions as they gradually respond to the loss of structure in the area.
To prevent this and other complications, your dentists, Dr. Jones and Dr. Buck, might recommend replacing the tooth with a dental bridge. A dental bridge in Dallas, Texas, is made of two dental crowns and a false tooth in the middle. Each end of the bridge is cemented onto abutments that are formed out of the core of the two neighboring teeth.
To form the two abutments, Drs. Jones and Buck will use a drill to remove the enamel layer from each tooth. This creates a small, protective sheath that houses the healthy pulp, root, and nerve of each tooth. Temporary crowns will then be secured over each abutment to protect them.
Dr. Jones and Dr. Buck will then create a detailed impression of the abutments and the other teeth related in your bite. This will be sent to a dental lab to help guide the technicians as they produce your final bridge.
A member of our team will call you to schedule a follow-up appointment when your new bridge returns from the dental lab. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented into place.
If you have lost a tooth to untreated decay, you should call 214.824.2130 to explore your restoration options at our office.