If one of your teeth has developed a large cavity or an otherwise severe amount of tooth decay, it could be too compromised to be restored through a root canal or other procedure. Sometimes a tooth can be so decayed that it simply must be extracted.
When a tooth is extracted it causes certain changes in the teeth around it. Every tooth provides structure for the neighboring teeth. If this structure is not restored it can cause the neighboring teeth to twist and slowly move towards the void. This can lead to alignment issues in your bite pattern, as well as other problems.
Dr. Connaughton can effectively restore the missing structure, as well as the overall function and appearance of the missing tooth, by installing a bridge. A bridge essentially mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused to a pair of crowns, that are anchored on abutments formed from the neighboring teeth.
To form the abutments Dr. Connaughton will use a drill to remove the majority of enamel from the two closest teeth. A small amount of enamel is left to protect the healthy interior of the teeth.
Dr. Connaughton will then create an impression of the abutments, the void and your personal bite pattern. This will serve as guide for the dental lab that will create your new bridge. Temporary crowns, will then cemented over each abutment to protect them during the interim.
Once the lab has completed your bridge, Dr. Connaughton will call you in for a brief second appointment. Then he will remove the temporary crowns and cement your new bridge in place.
If you have a tooth suffering from severe amount of tooth decay, please call Dr. Connaughton at 208-286-2699 to schedule an appointment.