Tooth decay is a serious dental issue that can severely compromise a tooth. Without timely, professional treatment, a significant amount of the tooth can be lost. In time, this could even allow bacteria access to the root and socket of the tooth. If the decay is severe or a dangerous abscess forms in the gums, Drs. Ogle, Schmitz, Hart, and Fickas might suggest a total extraction as a treatment option of last resort. This will remove any infected material and help reduce the pain.
Once the tissues have healed and any latent infection has cleared up, they can help you understand your options for restoring the tooth. One of the most effective methods is to have a dental bridge installed over the void.
This is basically an artificial tooth that mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused to a dental crown at each end. It will eventually anchor onto abutments that are formed out of the healthy core of the two closest teeth.
Your dentists will form the two abutments by removing the tooth enamel from each tooth. The abutment will contain the dentin layer that surrounds the healthy pulp and root of the tooth.
Our team will then create a detailed impression of the two abutments and the corresponding teeth in the area. This will be sent to our off-site dental lab where your new bridge will be custom made. Then a temporary crown will be secured over each abutment to protect it while the dental lab technician does their work.
When it’s ready, your dentists will use a strong dental adhesive to secure the bridge directly onto the abutments. With good oral hygiene habits, you can expect the bridge to restore the function of the tooth for many years to come.
If you have a severely decayed tooth and you’re interested in a dental bridge in Newburgh, Indiana, you should call 812.853.3313 to have it treated at Family Dentistry.