A severe amount of tooth decay in a single tooth can be a cause for serious concern. Left unchecked it can sometimes compromise the pulp and root of the tooth so severely that Dr. Gregory J. Brandau cannot save it. When this happens he might recommend that the tooth be extracted. Once your gums have healed he can then restore the tooth by installing a bridge in its place.
For all intents and purposes a bridge looks very much like a natural tooth. It is bound in place by a pair of crowns that are anchored on abutments formed from the neighboring teeth.
Dr. Gregory J. Brandau will form a pair of abutments on the two closest teeth by removing the majority of enamel. A small amount of enamel is left to protect the healthy interior of the teeth.
Then the dentist will form an impression of the abutments, as well as the void and the nearby teeth. The impression is sent to a dental lab where your permanent bridge will be made. In the interim, temporary crowns, are cemented over each abutment to protect them during the interim.
Dr. Gregory J. Brandau will call you to schedule a second appointment once your permanent bridge is back from the dental lab. The temporary crowns are removed and your new bridge is installed on the abutments.
If you have a tooth suffering from severe amount of tooth decay, you should call Sterling Dental at 941-926-9888 to schedule an appointment.