Each of the teeth in your mouth is held in place by its structural relationship with its neighbors. When a tooth is extracted to treat severe tooth decay or remedy a dental trauma, the void can cause undue complications. Beyond potential changes to your speech, appearance, and oral function, the missing structure can gradually start to alter the orientation of the neighboring teeth.
When this happens, your mouth becomes more prone to problems like dental attrition, chips, and dental fractures. To prevent this from occurring, the dentists at 19th Avenue Dental’s Everett, Washington practice can perform a bridge restoration. This is an artificial replacement tooth fused to two crowns. It is mounted on a pair of abutments formed by the two closest neighboring teeth.
This bridge restoration usually requires two separate appointments to complete. At the first appointment, your dentist will examine the adjacent teeth to make sure they are completely healthy. They will then use a drill to remove enamel layer from each tooth. This creates a pair of abutments that will eventually anchor your bridge.
Next, we will cast an impression of the area which will be sent to a professional dental lab. This will serve as a guide for them when customizing your final bridge. Temporary crowns will be secured over each abutment to protect it from complications.
Finally, a member of our staff will call you to schedule your second appointment when the dental lab has completed their section of the bridge. The temporary crowns will be removed and your permanent bridge will be cemented in place.
If you live in the Everett, Washington area and you have lost a tooth, we invite you to call 425-385-8130 to have your smile restored at 19th Avenue Dental’s dental practice. We look forward to helping you create a healthy, confident smile!