Tooth decay occurs when an inadequate or inconsistent daily oral hygiene routine allows the bacteria in your mouth to exploit your tooth enamel. If a cavity is not treated and repaired early, the decay can slowly start to penetrate and infect the interior structures of the tooth. Eventually, this could cause so much damage that the tooth cannot be saved by conventional treatment.
In a case like this, your dentist, Dr. Bart Deering, will often recommend extracting any remnants of the root of the tooth before restoring it with a dental bridge.
A dental bridge in Garland, Texas, consists of a false tooth that is fused to two dental crowns on each end. Once it is cemented in place, it will effectively restore the full function and appearance of the lost tooth.
The first step in the treatment process involves Dr. Bart Deering forming abutments out of the two closest teeth, which is done by removing all of the tooth enamel. Then, he will form an impression of your smile. This will be sent to the dental lab where your new bridge will be made.
Dr. Bart Deering will then secure a hard, plastic, temporary crown over each abutment to protect it while the lab technician is busy producing your final bridge.
One of our team members will call you to schedule a brief second appointment when your bridge is ready. During this appointment, the temporary crowns will be removed and your dentist will cement your new bridge into place.
If you have a severely decayed tooth, or if you have lost a tooth, you should call Bart Deering DDS at 972-271-4545 to see if you’re a good candidate for a bridge restoration.