Inconsistent oral hygiene habits not only allow tooth decay to form on a tooth, but they also encourage the decay to spread. If you procrastinate having a large cavity treated and repaired, it can spread throughout as well as into the tooth. In time, this can lead to total tooth loss or even a potentially dangerous infection in the socket of your gums. In a case this severe, your dentists, Dr. Friedrichs and Dr. Abraham, might recommend extracting the remnants of the tooth and suturing the gums.
When you’re ready, they can help you get a better understanding of your replacement options. One of the most effective ways of replacing the lost tooth is by placing a dental bridge in the gap. A dental bridge in Tomball, Texas, is essentially two crowns fused together with an artificial tooth in the middle. It is mounted on a pair of abutments that are formed from the two closest neighboring teeth.
This is a two-stage treatment process. It starts with your dentists examining the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are completely healthy.
A drill will be used to remove the tooth enamel from each tooth. This creates a pair of abutments that will later anchor your bridge.
A detailed impression will be made of the area. This will be sent to a dental lab where your new bridge will be made. Finally, hard, plastic caps, which are called temporary crowns, will be secured over each abutment to protect them.
We will call you to schedule your second appointment when the dental lab technician has completed your new bridge. It will be secured onto the two abutments with a powerful dental adhesive.
If you are suffering with a severely decayed tooth, you should not delay in calling 281-205-4717 to have it treated at our office.