Bridging a Lost Tooth

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Having a tooth extracted can compromise the full function of your mouth and lead to other complications. In time, the surrounding teeth can start to alter their positions in response to the void. This can lead to alignment issues and fractures on the corresponding teeth in your bite.

One of the most effective methods for replacing the extracted tooth is to install a dental bridge. A dental bridge in Loves Park, Illinois, is made of two crowns that are fused together and a false tooth in the middle. It is mounted on a pair of abutments that are formed by the two closest neighboring teeth.

The treatment generally requires two separate appointments to completely install a bridge. During the first appointment, your dentist will examine the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are completely healthy.

Dr. Steven Pooley will then use a drill to remove the majority of the enamel layer on each tooth. This will create a pair of abutments that will later serve as anchor points for your new bridge.

An impression will be cast of the area, which will be sent to our dental lab. This will serve as a guide for the technicians when they are custom making your final bridge. Once this is done, hard, plastic, temporary crowns will be secured over each abutment to protect them.

When your new bridge is ready, a member of our staff will call you to set up a second appointment. This appointment will involve your dentist removing the temporary crowns and cementing the new bridge into place.

If you have a tooth that has been extracted and you’re interested in exploring your restoration options, you should call Pooley Dentistry at 815-968-5434 to see if you’re a good candidate for a bridge.