A Bridge Can Be Used to Restore a Tooth Lost to Severe Decay

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Untreated tooth decay poses a serious threat to the individual tooth and your overall oral health. If you continue to procrastinate seeking professional treatment, the decay can spread throughout the tooth, leading to the total loss of the tooth. In a case like this, your dentist, Dr. John Ifantis, might have to extract the root of the tooth and suture the gums to prevent infection and other complications.

Once your gums have healed, Dr. John Ifantis can help you understand your options for replacing the tooth. One of the most effective methods is to have a dental bridge installed over the void. A dental bridge in Morton Grove, Illinois, is basically an artificial tooth that mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused into one single piece of dental work with a hollow crown at each end. It will eventually be anchored onto abutments formed out of the healthy core of the two closest teeth.

Dr. John Ifantis will form the two abutments by removing the tooth enamel from each tooth. The abutment will contain the dentin layer surrounding the healthy pulp and root of the tooth.

Dr. John Ifantis will then cast a detailed impression of the two abutments and the corresponding teeth. This will be sent to a state-of-the-art dental lab where your new bridge will be custom made. A hard, plastic, temporary crown will then be secured over each abutment to protect it while the dental lab technician does their work.

When the bridge is ready, Dr. John Ifantis will call you to schedule a brief second appointment. When you come in, he will remove the temporary crowns and will cement your new bridge into place.

If you have a severely decayed tooth, you should not delay in contacting Ifantis Dental Care at 847-268-4998 to seek timely treatment.