A severely decayed tooth can be a serious cause for concern. Beyond the potential pain and compromised ability to chew it can eventually lead to a serious infection. Sometimes a dentist can save a badly decayed tooth with a root canal. However, if the decay is severe, then we might have to remove the tooth and suture the gums.
Once your gums are healed we can help you explore your restoration options. One of the most common methods is to replace the tooth by installing a bridge.
A bridge mimics the appearance and function of a natural tooth. It is fused to a pair of crowns, anchored on abutments formed from the two neighboring teeth.
Your dentist will create the two abutments by removing the majority of the enamel layer of each of the anchoring teeth. The dentin sheaths surrounding the healthy pulp and root will later serve to anchor the bridge in place.
Our dentist, Dr. Rebecca Barfield, will then take an impression of the two abutments, which includes the void left by the missing tooth and the relationship to any other teeth in your bite pattern. This impression will be sent to a dental lab where your permanent bridge will be made. Temporary crowns will then be cemented over each abutment to protect it, while we await completion of your permanent bridge.
A member of our staff will call you when the bridge is ready, to schedule a second appointment. This session will be brief, as you dentist will simply remove the temporary crowns and cement your bridge firmly onto the abutments.
If you have a severely decayed tooth, you should dial 501.228.6360 to schedule an appointment at Jolly Family Dentistry’s Little Rock, Arkansas clinic for fast and effective treatment.