Losing a tooth to dental trauma or severe untreated tooth decay can pose several complications. At first this might only impair your ability to chew or perhaps alter your appearance. Depending on the tooth’s location in your mouth, it could also affect the clarity of your speech. In time, the structural void can cause the nearby teeth to alter their positions and alignment. This can cause dental fractures or dental attrition on multiple teeth.
To prevent these complications, Dr. Richard G. Goble might suggest a dental bridge restoration.
This is basically an artificial tooth that mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused to an open crown on each end. It will eventually anchor onto abutments that are formed out of the core of the two neighboring teeth.
Creating each abutment calls for removing the entire tooth enamel layer from each tooth. This leaves behind a pillar of dentin that surrounds the healthy pulp and root of the tooth.
Our specialists will then form a detailed impression of the two abutments and the corresponding teeth in your dentition. This will be sent to our off-site dental lab where your new bridge will be created to fill the void. We will then secure a temporary crown over each abutment to protect them while the dental lab technician does their work.
A short follow-up appointment will be needed to install the bridge when the lab technician has completed it. The temporary crowns will be removed and your dentist will cement your new bridge into place.
If you live in the Fallbrook, California, area and you are missing a tooth, you should call 760.728.2261 to explore your dental restoration options at Richard G. Goble, DDS.