Using a Bridge to Replace a Severely Decayed Tooth

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If one of your teeth has been lost or significantly compromised by severe tooth decay, it can compromise your mouth in a number of different ways. Beyond limiting your ability to chew food it might also affect your speech and mar your smile. As time progresses, the void left by the missing tooth can cause the neighboring teeth to twist or move to fill the gap. This can cause a series of alignment issues in your bite pattern.

Fortunately, Dr. Kevin J. Reece can restore the function, and appearance as well as the effective structure of the missing tooth with a bridge. A bridge essentially mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused in as one single piece of dental work with a pair of crowns, anchored on abutments formed on the neighboring teeth.

To form the abutments Dr. Kevin J. Reece uses a drill to remove the majority of the tooth’s enamel layer from each of the neighboring teeth. This leaves just a small amount surrounding core structure.

Next, he creates an impression of the area, including the abutments, the void and your unique bite pattern. This is sent to a special dental lab that makes your new bridge. Temporary crowns, are then cemented over each abutment to protect it while the lab prepares your new bridge.

When the dental lab has completed your new bridge Dr. Kevin J. Reece will call you in for a short second appointment. The temporary crowns and cements the permanent bridge in place. With proper care and cleaning your new bridge should last for many years to come.

If you have a tooth that has been compromised or lost due to severe tooth decay, you should call Dr. Kevin J. Reece at 801-465-4474 to schedule an appointment to explore your restoration options.