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A severely decayed tooth can be a serious cause for concern. Beyond simply causing pain and compromising your ability to chew, it can lead to a serious infection. In some cases, the tooth might be so degraded that Dr. Mike A. Musso simply can’t save the tooth and it must be extracted to prevent further complications.

Once your gums are health Dr. Mike A. Musso can help you explore your restoration options. One of the most common ways to restore a decayed and extracted tooth is to install a bridge.

For all intents and purposes, a bridge essentially mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused to a pair of crowns, anchored on abutments formed from the two neighboring teeth.

Dr. Mike A. Musso will create the two abutments by removing the majority of the enamel layer of each of the anchoring teeth. Then he will leave small amount of enamel to protect the otherwise healthy interior of the teeth.

Dr. Mike A. Musso will then take an impression of the two abutments, which includes the void left by the missing tooth and the relationship to any other teeth in your bite pattern. This impression we be sent to a dental lab where your permanent bridge will be made. Then he will secure temporary crowns, over each abutment to protect them while the lab works on your permanent bridge.

Dr. Mike A. Musso will call you back in once the dental lab has completed your bridge. The temporary crowns are removed and your new bridge is cemented in place.

If you have a tooth suffering from severe amount of tooth decay, you should call Dr. Mike A. Musso at 972-840-8477 to schedule an appointment.