As the name implies, restoration dentistry is a term assigned to the process of restoring a tooth that has been lost by some means. While many of these cases are a result of severe tooth decay, it is also possible for a tooth to be lost due to severe fracture or even getting knocked out of the socket.
If the tooth’s presence in your mouth isn’t restored by some means, the surrounding teeth can start to twist and move toward the void. In a case like this, one of the best methods of restoration dentistry Jolly Family Dentistry’s dentists recommend is to install a standard bridge.
This is essentially one single piece of dental work that represents three teeth. There are crowns on each end that are anchored atop abutments formed from the neighboring teeth.
To form the two abutments, your dentist will remove the tooth enamel from the two closest teeth. They will then cast a detailed impression of the abutments, and your personal bite pattern. This will be sent to our dental lab where your new bridge is made.
Then temporary crowns are cemented over each abutment to protect them while the dental lab works to produce the permanent bridge.
We will call you in for a brief, second appointment when you bridge is ready. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented in place over the two abutments.
If you are missing a tooth, you should call Jolly Family Dentistry’s clinic in Little Rock, Arkansas at 501.228.6360 to see what method of restoration dentistry is right for you.