If you’ve had a tooth knocked out, or extracted due to a deep fracture or advanced tooth decay, it can compromise the full function of your mouth. Even if you figuratively learn to live with it, the void in your teeth can still prove troublesome later on down the line. If the structure of the area is not restored, the surrounding teeth will eventually start to move toward the void, causing alignment issues and other problems.
The dentists at Nicoletti Dental Group replace the lost tooth and restore the full function and appearance of your mouth by fitting you with a bridge. A bridge essentially mimics the appearance of a natural tooth, that is joined to a pair of crowns on the neighboring teeth.
Being fitted with a bridge often requires two separate appointments. At the first appointment your dentist will create a pair of abutments out of the two neighboring teeth. This is done by removing a large amount off the existing tooth enamel, leaving behind just a small sheath to help provide structure and protection for the interior dentin and root of the tooth.
Your dentist will then create an impression of the area, including your bite pattern. This is sent to a special dental lab that makes your new bridge. Temporary crowns, will then be placed over each abutment to protect them in the interim.
At the second appointment your dentist will remove the temporary crowns and cement your new bridge in place. With proper care and cleaning your new bridge should 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 845.452.8410 to schedule an appointment.