A Tooth Lost to Untreated Decay Might Require a Bridge Restoration

Published on April 12, 2017

Tooth decay occurs when the natural bacteria living in your mouth manage to exploit a compromised area of tooth enamel. If you delay seeking professional care at our dental office, the cavity can continue to grow in size. This process could be significantly accelerated by any inconsistencies in your daily oral hygiene routine.

As time goes by, the decay could cause the tooth to severely fracture or it could even allow an infection to form in the root. This could potentially lead to total tooth loss.

To prevent a dangerous infection from spreading, the tooth may need to be extracted to allow the gums to heal. When you’re ready, he can help you understand your options for restoring the tooth. One of the fastest and most effective methods is to have a dental bridge restoration. This usually requires two separate appointments.

After numbing the area, Dr. will use a drill to remove the tooth enamel from each of the neighboring teeth. The remaining cores of the teeth will form abutments that will later anchor your bridge.

A detailed impression will be cast of the area, including the two abutments and the related teeth in your bite. This will be sent to a dental lab where your new bridge will be created. Dr. will secure temporary crowns over each abutment to protect them.

When it’s ready, Dr. will cement the bridge onto the two abutments with a strong dental adhesive.

If you live in the Muskogee, Oklahoma, area and you have lost a tooth to untreated decay, you should call 918.682.1961 to seek professional treatment at our dental office.