When you lose a tooth to severe decay, damage or extraction, it can do more than impair your ability to bite and chew food. In time, the surrounding teeth can turn and migrate slightly toward the void. When this happens, it can cause chips and fractures in the corresponding teeth in your bite pattern. To effectively treat a problem like this and prevent future complications, your dentist, Dr. David Wilhelm, might recommend a dental bridge to replace the missing tooth.
This is single piece of dental work that basically mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. The replacement tooth is fused to a pair of crowns that are anchored on abutments that are formed out of the two closest teeth.
Dr. David Wilhelm will use a drill to remove the tooth enamel from each tooth to form a pair of post-like abutments. This creates a small protective sheath that houses the healthy pulp, root and nerve of each tooth. Temporary crowns will then be secured over each abutment to protect it.
Then, he will create a detailed impression of the abutments as well as any other corresponding teeth. This will be sent to a dental lab to help guide the technicians as they produce your new bridge
When your new bridge is ready, a member of our team will call you to schedule a second appointment. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented into place.
If you are interested in a dental bridge in Newport Beach, California, you should call Newport Dental Arts OC at 949-752-1210.