A large cavity on one of your teeth that goes ignored or unresolved will continue to spread. As the decay advances, it can exacerbate and compromise the dentin, pulp, and root of the tooth. In some cases, the decay can compromise so much of the tooth that Steven Rattner DDS cannot save it, and the tooth simply must be extracted.
Of course, having a tooth extracted not only impairs your ability to chew food, it could also cause you to slur your speech. The lost structure in that area can also cause the surrounding teeth to twist and move to attempt to fill the void.
In a case like this, Steven Rattner DDS will often recommend having the lost tooth restored by installing a bridge. A bridge is a single piece of dental work that basically mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. The replacement tooth is fused to a pair of crowns that are anchored to abutments formed out of the two closest teeth.
To form the two abutments, the dentist will remove the majority of enamel layer of each tooth. This creates a small protective sheath housing the healthy pulp, root, and nerve of each tooth. Temporary crowns are then secured over each abutment to protect it.
Next, the dentist forms an impression of the abutments and surrounding teeth. This will be sent to a dental lab to help guide them as they produce your permanent bridge.
Once the dental lab has completed your permanent bridge, Steven Rattner DDS will call you in for a brief follow-up appointment. Each of the temporary crowns will be removed and your new permanent bridge is cemented in place. This will effectively restore the full function of the lost tooth for many years to come.
If you have lost a tooth or have one suffering from severe tooth decay, please to call Steven Rattner DDS at 301-474-8277 to schedule a consultation.