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There are some instances when untreated tooth decay or severe damage to a tooth can be so significant that treatment with a root canal isn’t possible. In a case like this, your dentist, Dr. Chris Kim, might need to extract the tooth. Later, he can help replace the tooth with a dental bridge.

A dental bridge in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, is made of two dental crowns and a false tooth in the middle. The bridge is anchored on abutments that are formed out of the two closest teeth.

Dr. Chris Kim will use a drill to remove the tooth enamel from each tooth to form a pair of post-like abutments. This creates a small, protective sheath of dentin that surrounds the pulp and root of each tooth.

Dr. Chris Kim will then create a detailed impression of the abutments and any corresponding teeth in your bite pattern. This will be sent to a dental lab to help guide the technicians as they produce your new bridge.

Dr. Chris Kim will call you to set up a brief second appointment when your bridge is completed. The temporary crowns will be removed and your dental bridge will be cemented into place during this appointment.

If you’ve had a tooth extracted, you should call 860-623-2601 to understand your restoration options at Healthy Smiles Dental Care PC.