Ignoring a cavity on a tooth can have serious repercussions. Left too long without treatment the bacteria and decay can start to penetrate the inner structures of the tooth. Sometimes the problem can be so bad, that a Dr Thomas E. WOLD Dentistry dentist can’t even save the tooth via a root canal. In a case like this, we will likely need to extract the tooth and allow the gums to heal before exploring your restoration options.
One of the more effective ways of restoring a tooth that’s been lost this way, is for us to install a bridge. This standard piece of dental work essentially mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused to a pair of crowns, that will be anchored on abutments formed from the two neighboring teeth.
Your dentist will form the required abutments by removing the majority of the enamel layer of each neighboring tooth. This leaves behind two small post-like structures harboring the healthy dentin, pulp and root of each tooth.
Your dentist will then make a detailed impression of the area and any other relevant teeth in your bite pattern. This we be sent to a professional dental lab where your permanent bridge is produced. Temporary crowns will be cemented over each abutment to protect it while you await your bridge.
We will contact you to schedule a second appointment when the dental lab has completed the bridge. The temporary crowns are removed and your new bridge is cemented in place.
If you have a tooth with a cavity that has gone ignored for too long, you should call Dr Thomas E. WOLD Dentistry’s office in Bend, Oregon at 541.389.1301 to understand your treatment and restoration options.