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If one of your teeth has suffered from extreme or otherwise ignored tooth decay, it can badly damage the pulp or root of the tooth. When this happens the decay and infection might be so extensive that our Gulf Coast Smiles dentist simple can’t save the tooth. It must be extracted to prevent future complications, infection and abscess.

After your gums have completely healed, we can help you get a better understanding of your restoration option. One of the most effective ways to restore a tooth lost to severe decay is to install a bridge in its place. A bridge is essentially two crowns fused together with an artificial tooth in the middle. It is mounted on a pair of abutments formed by the two closest neighboring teeth.

Dr. Mauricio Martinez routinely needs two separate appointments to completely install a permanent bridge. During the first appointment the dentist examines the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are completely healthy. Then he will remove the majority of the enamel layer each tooth. This creates a pair of abutments that will later serve to anchor your bridge. A detailed impression is made of the area and sent to a dental lab where your permanent bridge is made. Finally, hard plastic temporary crowns are secured over each abutment to protect them.

We will call you to schedule your second appointment when the dental lab has completed your permanent bridge. The temporary crowns will be removed and your permanent bridge will be cemented in place.

If you have a tooth suffering from an extreme amount of decay, please contact our Gulf Coast Smiles team in Cape Coral, Florida, at 239.549.0001 to explore your treatment and restoration options. We want to keep your smile healthy and confident!