If you have a tooth that has untreated cavities or damage, it might need to be extracted. While you might be able to adapt to the decreased function and changes in appearance, you could face other complications. This might come in the form of alignment problems because the surrounding teeth alter their positions in response to the void. Rather than risk damage to these otherwise healthy teeth, your dentist, Dr. [doctor _name], will recommend replacing the tooth with a dental bridge.
A dental bridge in Carlsbad, California, is essentially one single piece of dental work that represents three teeth. There is a crown on each end that is anchored atop an abutment that is formed from the neighboring teeth.
To form the two abutments, your dentist will remove the tooth enamel from the two closest teeth. They will then cast a detailed impression of the abutments and your personal bite pattern. This will be sent to our dental lab where your new bridge will be made.
Hard, plastic, temporary crowns will then be cemented over each abutment to protect them while the dental lab technician works to produce the new bridge.
We will call you in for a brief, second appointment when your bridge is ready. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented into place over the two abutments.
If you have lost a tooth, you should call our office at 760.729.5964 to explore your restoration options.