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If left untreated, tooth decay can spread deep into a tooth and the sensitive internal structures within. If the decay extends through the pulp of the tooth to cause a severe infection in the root, the tooth might be too badly compromised for your dentists, Drs. Pitner and Findlay, to save it via a root canal. The tooth will need to be extracted to prevent further infection before it can later be restored by a dental bridge.

A dental bridge in Bessemer, Alabama, is a solid piece of dental work designed to restore the full function and appearance of the decayed tooth. It is essentially a replacement tooth that is fused to a pair of crowns that are anchored on abutments formed from the core of the two neighboring teeth.

Dr. Pitner and Dr. Findlay will start by removing the tooth enamel from the nearby teeth. Then,, she will cast a detailed impression of the abutments and the corresponding teeth in your bite pattern. This will be sent to an off-site dental lab where your new bridge will be made. In the interim, temporary crowns will be cemented over each abutment to keep them safe.

A member of our Pitner Family Dentistry staff will call you to schedule a brief second appointment when your bridge is ready. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented onto two abutments. With proper care and cleaning, you should expect the bridge to restore your previously decayed tooth for years to come.

If you have a severely decayed tooth or missing tooth and you’re interested in a dental bridge, you should not delay in calling 205-426-2644 to seek treatment and restoration at Pitner Family Dentistry.