Tooth decay can be a serious issue for any tooth in your mouth. If an area of tooth decay isn’t resolved in short order, it can advance deep into the tooth. In time, it could result in so much damage or potential infection that Dr. Thomas E. Wold simply cannot save it, even with a root canal. In a situation like this, he may recommend that the tooth be extracted before restoring it with a bridge.
If the extracted tooth is not restored, it will eventually cause the surrounding teeth to twist, or even migrate to fill the void. This can lead to a host of other complications.
When Dr. Thomas E. Wold installs a bridge, it can restore the structure and function of the tooth. A bridge essentially mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused to a pair of crowns that are anchored on the neighboring teeth.
Our dentist will prepare for the dental bridge by shaping the enamel of the two closest teeth, which are called the abutment teeth. Then he will form an impression of the two teeth as well as the void and your personal bite pattern. This will be sent to our dental lab where your new bridge is made.
Dr. Thomas E. Wold will then secure temporary crowns over each abutment tooth to protect them while the lab is busy producing the bridge.
Dr. Thomas E. Wold will call you back in for a brief follow up appointment when your bridge comes back from the dental lab. The temporary crowns will be removed and he will cement your new bridge in place.
If you would like to learn more about how a dental crown in Bend, Oregon, can help you, call our office at 541.389.1301 today.