Severe tooth decay, extreme fractures, cracks or a partially knocked out tooth, can sometimes be so severe the tooth in question cannot be saved by a root canal and thus requires extraction. Unfortunately, this can compromise your mouth in several ways.
In a case like this, Stepp Family Dentistry’s dentists will often recommend restoring the extracted tooth with a bridge. For all intents and purposes, this is two crowns fused together with a third representative tooth in the middle. It is mounted on a pair of abutments formed by the two closest neighboring teeth.
It often takes two separate appointments to completely install a bridge. During the first appointment, your dentist examines the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are completely healthy.
Then, they will then use a drill to remove the majority of the enamel layer each tooth. This creates a pair of abutments that will later serve to anchor your bridge.
An impression is cast of the area, which will be sent to our dental lab. This will serve as a guide for them when custom making your final bridge. Once this is done a hard plastic temporary crowns are secured over each abutment to protect them.
Later, we will call you to schedule your second appointment when the dental lab has completed your permanent bridge. The temporary crowns will be removed and your permanent bridge will be cemented in place.
If you have a tooth that has been extracted, or you suspect requires extraction. You should not delay in seeking treatment. Please call Stepp Family Dentistry’s office in Bellaire, Texas as soon as possible, at 713-520-8400 to schedule an appointment.