Severe tooth decay on one of your teeth might cause so much damage to the interior of the tooth that it needs to be extracted. This missing tooth can compromise your ability to chew food and have a serious negative impact on your quality of life. In time, the void left by the missing tooth can cause the neighboring teeth to twist or even start to move to fill the area. This can lead to alignment issues with your bite.
One of the most effective ways to restore the structure, function, and appearance of the tooth is by having Dr. Nicholas Kondon install a bridge. A bridge basically 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.
Dr. Nicholas Kondon will then form the abutments by removing the majority of enamel from each of the neighboring teeth. A small amount of enamel is left to protect the healthy interior of the teeth.
The dentist will then take an impression of the abutments, the void, and your personal bite pattern. This will be used as a guide for the dental lab that makes your new bridge. Temporary crowns are then cemented over each abutment to protect them during the interim.
When the dental lab has completed your bridge, Dr. Nicholas Kondon will call you in for a brief second appointment. The temporary crowns are removed, and your dentist will cement the permanent bridge in place.
If you have a tooth suffering from severe tooth decay that needs to be restored, please call Dr. Nicholas Kondon at 978.369.9090 to schedule an appointment.