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When the natural bacteria living in your mouth work to exploit your tooth enamel, they can form a quick-spreading cavity. Without timely treatment at Newport Dental Arts OC, the decay can become so severe that the only viable treatment is to completely extract the tooth from the socket.

One of the most effective ways to fill the void left by the missing tooth is to install a dental bridge. A dental bridge in Newport Beach, California, is a false tooth that has been fused to a pair of dental crowns. Each end of the bridge is cemented onto abutments that are formed out of the core of the two neighboring teeth.

Your dentist, Dr. David Wilhelm, will use a drill to remove the tooth enamel from each tooth to create a pair of abutments. These are 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 and the other teeth related in your bite. This will be sent to a dental lab to help guide the technicians as they produce your new bridge.

A member of our team will call you to schedule a follow-up appointment when your new bridge returns from the dental lab. During this visit, the temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented into place.

If you have a severely decayed tooth, or if you’ve lost a tooth, you should call Newport Dental Arts OC at 949-752-1210 to see if you’re a good candidate for a bridge.