If you’ve had a tooth knocked out, extracted, or lost to untreated tooth decay, it can severely impair your oral function. In time, the loss of structure in the area can cause the surrounding teeth to alter their positions in response to the void. This can lead to a host of orthodontic problems and other complications.
To prevent this from happening, your dentist, Dr. Arnold H Brokstein, often advocates replacing the tooth with a dental bridge in Oakland, California. In layman’s terms, this is an artificial tooth that mimics the appearance of the original. It is fused into a piece of dental work that has a hollow crown at each end. To anchor the bridge in your mouth, Dr. Arnold H Brokstein will need to create abutments out of the two closest neighboring teeth.
To do this, he will use a drill to remove the tooth enamel from each tooth. The abutment will contain the dentin layer surrounding the healthy pulp and root of the tooth.
Dr. Arnold H Brokstein will then form a detailed impression of the two abutments and the corresponding teeth. This will be sent to a professional dental lab where your new bridge will be meticulously crafted.
In the interim, Dr. Arnold H Brokstein will cement a temporary crown over each abutment to protect them.
When the bridge is ready, Dr. Arnold H Brokstein will call you in for a short follow-up appointment. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented into place.
If you’re missing a tooth, you should call 510-482-5700 to explore your restoration options at our office.