When a cavity goes without timely treatment, the tooth decay can deeply penetrate the tooth to infect the pulp and root. Sometimes the problem can be so severe that your dentist, Dr. Darren Haws, cannot save the tooth with root canal therapy. When this happens, the dentist might need to extract the tooth so it can later be replaced by a dental bridge.
To do this, your dentist will need to form abutments out of the two closest teeth. This is done by using a drill to remove all of the tooth enamel. Your dentist will then form an impression of the area. This will be sent to a state-of-the-art dental lab where your new bridge will be made.
The dentist will then secure a hard, plastic, temporary crown over each abutment to protect it while the lab technician is busy producing your final bridge.
A member of our Sierra Vista Dental staff will call you to schedule a brief second appointment when your bridge comes back from the dental lab. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented into place during this appointment.
If you have a tooth suffering from severe tooth decay in Sierra Vista, Arizona, you should not delay in calling Sierra Vista Dental at 520-459-3067 to seek timely treatment.