A large cavity that goes unrepaired can spread to extremely compromise the tooth. Sometimes the decay is so severe that a Thomas Bell, DDS dentist cannot even restore the tooth with a root canal. In a case like this, we might recommend extracting the badly decayed tooth so it can be restored by a bridge.
A bridge is essentially two crowns fused together with a third representative tooth corresponding to the lost tooth. It is mounted on a pair of abutments formed by the two closest neighboring teeth.
For one of our dentists to completely install your permanent bridge, it often takes two appointments. At the first appointment your dentist examines the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are sound.
They will then use a drill to remove the majority of the enamel layer each tooth, leaving behind the dentin layer and other internal structures. These two post-like structures, known as abutments will later serve to anchor your bridge in place.
At the end of the appointment, they will then take an impression of the area. This will be sent to a dental lab, that custom makes your new bridge. Then hard plastic temporary crowns are secured over each abutment to protect them.
A member of our staff will schedule your second appointment once the dental lab has completed your final bridge. During this appointment your dentist will remove the temporary crowns and cement your final bridge in place.
If you have a badly decayed tooth, you should not delay in contacting Thomas Bell, DDS’s offices in La Grange, Illinois at 708.469.6006 to explore your treatment and restoration options.