If you’ve had a tooth knocked out, extracted, or lost to severe tooth decay, it can pose several complications to your oral health and function. Beyond significantly impairing your ability to chew food, it can also affect your appearance and self-esteem. If the structural presence of the tooth isn’t restored in a timely manner, the surrounding teeth can gradually alter their positions, resulting in chips and orthodontic complications.
To effectively replace the tooth, your dentist, Dr. Steven Pooley, can install a dental bridge. A dental bridge in Loves Park, Illinois, is essentially one single piece of dental work that represents three teeth. There are crowns on each end that are anchored atop abutments that are formed from the neighboring teeth.
Your dentist will form the two abutments by using a drill to 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 will be made.
Hard, plastic temporary crowns will then be cemented over each abutment to protect them while the dental lab technician works to produce the new bridge.
A member of our staff 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 onto the abutments with a very strong dental adhesive.
If you have lost a tooth, you should call 815-968-5434 to explore your restoration options at Pooley Dentistry.