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There are times when a cavity or large area of tooth decay can spread quickly. Should you choose to ignore the problem the tooth can become so compromised that it breaks off at the gum line or is otherwise lost. In a situation like this a Mario Roybal’s dentist will likely recommend extracting any remnants of the severely decayed tooth to prevent further complications.

Once your gums have healed, we can help you understand your options for restoring the tooth’s lost function and appearance. One of the most effective ways to do this is to install a bridge.

A bridge is essentially two crowns fused together with a third representative tooth corresponding to the lost tooth. It is mounted on a pair of abutments formed by the two closest neighboring teeth.

It often takes two appointments to fully install a bridge. At the first appointment your dentist examines the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are sound.

They will then remove the majority of the enamel layer each tooth, leaving behind the dentin layer and other internal structures. This forms two abutments will later serve to anchor your bridge in place.

A detailed impression is then taken of the area. This will be sent to a dental lab, that custom makes your new bridge. Then hard plastic temporary crowns are secured over each abutment to protect them.

We will call you to schedule your second appointment once the dental lab has completed your final bridge. During this appointment your dentist will remove the temporary crowns and cement your final bridge in place.

If you have lost a tooth, you should call Mario Roybal’s office in Biloxi, Mississippi at 228-388-4519 as soon as possible, to explore your restoration options.