Losing a tooth to damage or decay can cause serious complications in your mouth. Beyond impairing your ability to efficiently chew food, it can also slur your speech and leave you with an unappealing smile. At the same time, all teeth borrow support from the teeth next to them. In time the surrounding teeth might start to unnaturally twist and move towards the gap.
In a case like this, Dr. Trevor Murray, DDS and Christian Mazur, DDS will often recommend replacing the lost tooth’s presence in your mouth by installing a bridge. This is a standard piece of dental work that essentially mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused to a pair of crowns, anchored on abutments formed from the two neighboring teeth.
Dr. Trevor Murray, DDS and Christian Mazur, DDS will create the two abutments by removing the majority of the enamel layer of each of the anchoring teeth. This leaves behind two dentin sheaths that protects the pulp and root within, while providing the necessary structure to anchor your future bridge.
Dr. Trevor Murray, DDS and Christian Mazur, DDS will then take an impression of the two abutments, and the surrounding teeth. This impression we be sent to a dental lab where your permanent bridge is custom made. At the end of the appointment he will secure temporary crowns, over each abutment to protect them while the lab works on your permanent bridge.
Dr. Trevor Murray, DDS and Christian Mazur, DDS will call you back in once the dental lab has completed your bridge. The temporary crowns are removed and your new bridge is cemented in place.
If you have lost a tooth to damage, decay or extraction, you should call Dr. Trevor Murray, DDS and Christian Mazur, DDS’s office in Lafayette, Indiana at 765-477-0331 to explore your restoration options.