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Bacterial decay spreading from the tooth enamel layer to the sensitive interior of the tooth is always a cause for concern. When a tooth reaches this level of decay, the bacteria can invade the root and socket of the tooth, leading to a severe fracture or even total tooth loss. This could be made worse if an abscess or other infection forms in your gums.

For a tooth this seriously afflicted, Dr. Thomas Anglemire might recommend extracting the remnants of the tooth and suturing the gums. Once everything has healed and any infection concerns have passed, he can replace the tooth with a dental bridge.

This is a solid piece of dental work that contains a false tooth that has been fused to a pair of dental crowns. Each end of the bridge is cemented onto abutments that are formed out of the core of the two neighboring teeth.

To form each abutment, your dentist will use a drill to remove the enamel layer from each tooth. This creates a small protective sheath that houses the healthy pulp, root, and nerve of each tooth. Temporary crowns will then be secured over each abutment to protect it.

Your dentist will then create a detailed impression of the abutments and the other teeth related in your bite. This will be sent to a dental lab to help guide the technicians while they create your final bridge.

When your bridge is completed, you will need to come in to have it permanently installed. The temporary crowns will be removed before your dentist cements the final bridge onto the abutments.

If you have lost a tooth to untreated decay and you live in the Granger, Indiana, area, you should call 574-277-5406 to have it treated and restored at Granger Family Dentistry PC.