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Missing a tooth because it was knocked out, extracted or lost to severe tooth decay can pose serious complications to the function of your mouth. Beyond the basic loss of function and appearance the it can also cause you to slur your speech or lead to an infection in the gums. In time the nearby teeth might even start to twist and move a little towards the gap left behind.

In a situation like this Dr. Steven A. Beuligmann will often recommend replacing the lost tooth with a bridge. This is one solid piece of dental work that essentially mimics the appearance and function of the original tooth. It is fused on each end to crowns, that will eventually be anchored to abutments formed from the two neighboring teeth.

An abutment is essentially the healthy internal core of the tooth, after Dr. Steven A. Beuligmann removes all of the tooth enamel. A detailed impression of the abutments as well as any other relative teeth

A temporary crown is then cemented over each abutment to protect it. The impression is then sent off to a start of the art dental lab, where your final bridge is made.

When it’s ready, Dr. Steven A. Beuligmann will call you back in for a follow up appointment to cement the bridge is place.

If you have recently lost a tooth, you should call Dr. Steven A. Beuligmann’s office in Carlsbad, California at 760.729.5964 to have it fully restored by a bridge.