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If you’ve had a tooth extracted due to severe decay or damage, it can significantly hinder your ability to chew food and talk. If the tooth is not replaced in a timely manner, it could cause the surrounding teeth to shift out of alignment in response to the void.

To prevent this from happening, your dentist, Dr. Thomas Bell, will often recommend replacing the extracted tooth with a dental bridge in La Grange, Illinois. A dental bridge is two dental 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 usually takes two separate appointments to completely install a bridge. During the first appointment, your dentist will examine the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are completely healthy. Then, he will 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 tech has completed your new bridge. During this appointment, the temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented into place.

If you’ve recently had a tooth extracted, you should not delay in contacting Thomas Bell, DDS at 708.469.6006 to explore your options for replacing it.