Large cavities and areas of tooth decay that are not adequately addressed can penetrate deep through the enamel layer to severely compromise the internal structures of a tooth. Sometimes the damage can be so severe that Dr. Dennis Burrell cannot save the tooth and it absolutely must be extracted.
Having a tooth extracted not only impairs your ability to chew food, it can cause a slight slur in your speech. When it was whole the tooth provided structure that the surrounding teeth related to. Left unaddressed these teeth could start to turn and move to partially fill the void, causing alignment problems.
Dr. Dennis Burrell may recommend having the tooth restored by installing a bridge. A bridge is single piece of dental work that looks similar to a series of three crowns that have been fused together into one single unit.
The process begins by the creation of an abutment out of each of the neighboring teeth. This is done by removing the majority of enamel layer of each tooth, leaving a small post-like structure. Each of these abutments will eventually serve to anchor the bridge in your mouth. A temporary crown is then placed over each abutment to protect it.
Dr. Dennis Burrell will then form an impression of the area and the surrounding bite pattern. This will be sent to a special dental lab that will custom make your permanent bridge.
You will be called back in for a brief second appointment once the dental lab has completed your permanent bridge. The temporary crowns are removed and your new permanent bridge will be cemented in place over the abutments.
If you have a severely decayed tooth, or you have recently lost a tooth and you would like to explore your restoration options, you should call Dr. Dennis Burrell at 253-341-4817 to schedule an appointment.