A Missing Tooth Can Sometimes Be Replaced by Bridgework

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Tooth loss can result from an untreated cavity, a severe dental trauma, or an extreme dental fracture. Sometimes a tooth is so badly compromised that Dr. Raymond Niles, Jr. or Dr. Kathryn Niles-Smith simply must extract it to prevent further complications.

After your gums have healed and any potential side effects have been remedied, our dentists can then restore the tooth’s presence in your mouth by installing a bridge at his Woodbridge, Virginia practice. This is one single piece of dental work that represents three individual teeth. Open crowns on each end will eventually be cemented onto abutments formed from the two teeth neighboring the void.  

Our dentist will form the abutments by removing the tooth enamel from each of these teeth. This leaves behind two pillars of healthy dentin, surrounding the pulp at each tooth’s core. We will then cast a detailed impression of the abutments, and any related teeth in the area. This will be sent to a dental lab where your new bridge will be created.

A temporary crown will then be cemented over each abutment to keep it safe while the dental lab is working to create your permanent bridge. We will call you to schedule the second appointment when your bridge is ready. The temporary crowns will be removed and the final piece of dental work will be cemented onto the abutments with a special dental adhesive.

If you have lost a tooth and you live in the Woodbridge, Virginia area, we invite you to call 703.494.4101 to explore your dental restoration solutions with Dr. Raymond Niles, Jr. or Dr. Kathryn Niles-Smith.