If a cavity on one of your teeth goes ignored long enough the decay can spread beyond the enamel layer of the tooth to compromise the pulp and the root. Sometimes this decay can be so extensive that your J. Steve Morton, DDS dentist simply cannot save it by any conventional means. The tooth might need to be extracted to prevent further complications.
Once your gums have completely healed our team of dental professionals can fully restore the tooth by installing a bridge.
A bridge essentially mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused on each end to crowns, which are anchored on abutments formed from out of the two closest teeth.
Abutments essentially the healthy internal core of a tooth, left behind after the dentist removes most of the tooth’s enamel layer. Once this is done they will form a detailed impression of the abutments and the corresponding teeth. The impression and any relevant X-rays will be sent to a dental lab where your bridge is custom made.
At the end of the appointment, hard plastic crowns are cemented over each abutment to protect them.
When the dental lab has completed your bridge, we will call you back in for a brief second appointment. The temporary crowns will be removed, and your dentist will cement your new bridge onto the two abutments.
With proper care and cleaning, your new bridge will completely restore the missing tooth for many years to come.
If you have a severely decayed tooth, you shouldn’t wait to call J. Steve Morton, DDS’s office in Sevierville, Tennessee at 865.453.1001 to schedule an appointment.