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When tooth decay forms on tooth enamel, it needs timely treatment and repair. If you allow a cavity to go untreated for too long, the decay will inevitably start to penetrate the tooth. If a significant amount of the tooth suffers from decay or the root becomes severely infected, the problem might be too severe for treatment via a root canal. In a case like this, your dentist, Dr. Bryce E. Justesen, might recommend extracting the tooth to prevent further complications.

After your gums have fully healed, he can help you understand your restoration options. One of the most effective methods for replacing the tooth is to place a dental bridge in your smile. A dental crown in Mesa, Arizona, is a single piece of dental work that is composed of two crowns fused together with an artificial tooth in the middle. It is mounted on a pair of abutments that are formed by the two closest neighboring teeth.

Your dentist will need two separate appointments to completely install a new bridge. During the first appointment, your dentist will examine the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are completely healthy. Next, he will use a drill to remove the tooth enamel from each tooth. This creates a pair of abutments that will later anchor your bridge.

A detailed impression will be cast of the abutment and any other pertinent teeth in the area. This will later be sent to a dental lab where your new bridge will be made. Then, temporary crowns will be secured over each abutment to protect them.

Our team will call you to schedule your second appointment when the dental lab technician has completed your new bridge. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented into place.

If you have a severely decayed tooth, you should call 480.827.1234 to seek immediate treatment at Bryce E. Justesen, DDS.