If left untreated, tooth decay will continue to spread throughout and within a tooth to compromise large areas of tooth enamel as well as its critical internal structures. Sometimes the decay can be so severe that the tooth can’t even be saved by a root canal. Should this be the case, your Vela Dental Centers Kingsville dentists might recommend extracting the tooth in order to later restore it with a dental bridge.
This piece of dental work is basically two crowns fused together with a third false tooth that replaces the lost tooth. It is mounted on a pair of abutments formed by the two closest neighboring teeth.
In order for Dr. Vela and Dr. Rodriguez to completely install your permanent bridge, it often takes two appointments. At the first appointment, your dentists will examine the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are sound.
Your dentists will then use a drill to remove the majority of the enamel layer of each tooth, leaving behind the dentin layer and other internal structures. These two post-like structures, known as abutments, will later anchor your bridge in place.
At the end of the appointment, they will take an impression of the area. This will be sent to the dental lab that custom makes your new bridge. Then, hard, plastic, temporary crowns are secured over each abutment to protect them.
A member of our staff will schedule your second appointment once the dental lab has completed your final bridge. During this appointment, your dentists will remove the temporary crowns and cement your final bridge in place.
If you have a badly decayed tooth in Kingsville, Texas, you should not delay in contacting Vela Dental Centers Kingsville at 361.592.4373 for timely treatment.