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When poor oral hygiene habits allow tooth decay to form on a tooth, the problem can spread quickly through the tooth. Without timely treatment, this could allow decay to form in the root of the tooth. In an extreme case, the infection might be so bad that your dentist, Dr. Barry LeJeune, cannot save it with a root canal.

If the tooth needs extraction, he can later restore its presence and function in your mouth with a dental bridge. A dental bridge in Hampton, Virginia, is essentially 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 routinely needs two separate appointments to completely install a new bridge. The dentist examines the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are completely healthy.

Then, he will use a drill to remove the tooth enamel from each tooth. The remaining cores of the teeth will form abutments that will later anchor your bridge.

A detailed impression will be made of the area. This will be sent to a dental lab where your new bridge will be made. Then he will secure temporary crowns over each abutment to protect them.

A member of our staff 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 tooth suffering from untreated decay, you should call (757) 827-9114 to have it treated at our dental office. We’re happy to see if a dental bridge in Hampton, Virginia, is right for you!