Deep fractures and advanced tooth decay can sometimes be so severe that the problem tooth needs to be extracted. Unfortunately, this can compromise your mouth in several ways. Initially it might only impair your ability to chew food and possibly slur your speech. Over time your neighboring teeth can start to twist, turn and move to fill the void created by the lost tooth.
In a situation like this Dr. Roxanne Lawrence will often recommend a bridge be used to restore the structure, function and appearance of the lost tooth. A bridge is one single piece of dental work, that effectively mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It is joined to a pair of crowns that are anchored on abutments formed from the neighboring teeth.
The first step of the process involves Dr. Roxanne Lawrence creating an abutment on each of the neighboring teeth. This is done by removing the majority of enamel layer of each tooth, leaving a small amount surrounding the dentin layer and root. A temporary crown is then placed over each abutment to protect them
Dr. Roxanne Lawrence will then take an impression of the area and your bite pattern. This will be sent to a dental lab, where your new bridge is made.
When the new bridge is ready Dr. Roxanne Lawrence will call you in for a brief second appointment. The temporary crowns are removed and your new permanent bridge is cemented in place over the abutments. With proper care and cleaning your new bridge will last for many years to come.
If you have lost a tooth and would like to explore your options for restoring it, or you have questions about a bridge, please feel free to call us at 601-922-0056 to schedule an appointment.