A Severely Decayed Tooth Can Be Restored by a Bridge

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When bacteria exploit a tooth and cause tooth decay, the decay can quickly spread without timely treatment. When the decay and infection penetrate deep into the pulp and root of the tooth, it can lead to significant complications. Sometimes the situation can be so severe that your dentist’s only course of action is to extract the tooth so it can later be restored by a dental bridge.

A dental bridge in Lincoln, Nebraska, basically mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. Each end of the bridge is cemented onto abutments that are formed out of the core of the two neighboring teeth.

To form the two abutments, Dr. Timothy Dinkelman will use a drill to remove the enamel layer from each tooth. This will create a small protective sheath that will house the healthy pulp, root, and nerve of each tooth. Temporary crowns will then be secured over each abutment to protect it.

Dr. Timothy Dinkelman will then create a detailed impression of the abutments and the other teeth related in your bite. This impression will be sent to a dental lab to help guide the technicians as they produce your new bridge.

A member of our team will call you to schedule a follow-up appointment when your new bridge returns from the dental lab. During this visit, the temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented into place.

If you have a severely decayed tooth, you should seek immediate treatment by calling Northridge Dental LLC at 402-477-1177 to set up an appointment.