Tooth decay and severe dental fractures can significantly compromise a tooth. If a tooth is too badly affected to be treated by a root canal, Dr. John Ifantis might recommend a dental extraction. This will gradually relieve any pain and prevent an infection from developing in the root or socket of the tooth.
Once everything has healed, he can help you decide if you would like to replace the tooth with a dental implant or a dental bridge. If you are averse to the oral surgery required to install a dental implant, Dr. John Ifantis might recommend a dental bridge.
This is essentially two crowns fused together with a third representative tooth in the middle. It is mounted on a pair of abutments that are formed by the two closest neighboring teeth.
The total restoration process typically takes two separate appointments. During the first session, your dentist will examine the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are completely healthy.
Your dentist will then use a drill to remove most of the enamel layer from each tooth. This creates a pair of abutments that will later anchor your bridge.
An impression will be made of the area, which will be sent to our dental lab. This will serve as a guide for the technicians when custom making your final bridge. Once this is done, hard, plastic, temporary crowns will be secured over each abutment to protect them.
We will call you to set up a second appointment when the dental lab technicians have completed your new bridge. Your dentist will then cement it in place with a strong dental adhesive.
If you live in the Morton Grove, Illinois, area and you have a tooth in distress, you should not delay in calling 847-268-4998 to have it examined and treated at Ifantis Dental Care.