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A large cavity that goes without timely treatment will inevitably continue to spread. Beyond the significant decay and damage to the tooth enamel, it can also compromise the sensitive pulp and root of the tooth. Sometimes this can be so severe that it results in total tooth loss.

In a case like this, your dentist, might recommend extracting the remnants of the tooth before replacing the tooth with a bridge. A dental bridge mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. The replacement tooth is fused to a pair of crowns that are anchored on abutments that are formed out of the two closest teeth.

Dr. Cauleen Stepp will form the two abutments by using a drill to remove the majority of enamel layer from each of the nearest teeth. This creates a small protective sheath around the internal structures of each tooth.

Then, she will cast a detailed impression of the abutments and corresponding teeth. This impression will be sent to a dental lab to help guide the technicians as they produce your permanent bridge. Then, your dentist will secure a temporary crown atop each abutment to keep them safe.

Dr. Cauleen Stepp will call you back into Stepp Family Dentistry for a second appointment once the dental lab has completed your permanent bridge. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new permanent bridge will be cemented into place.

If one of your teeth has been affected by a cavity, you should not delay in calling Dr. Cauleen Stepp at 713-520-8400 regarding a dental bridge in Bellaire, Texas.