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Tooth decay is always a serious cause for concern. If it’s not diagnosed and treated early, the bacteria can continue to penetrate deeper and deeper into the tooth. This can cause significant fractures and even the total loss of the tooth. For a case this severe, your dentists, Drs. Toenjes, Brizzee, and Orme, might need to extract the remnants of the tooth from the socket.

When your gums have healed, Drs. Toenjes, Brizzee, and Orme can help you understand your restoration options. In many cases, a dental bridge is one of the most convenient and effective products to replace the lost tooth.

This is a replacement tooth that replicates the presence of the missing tooth. It is fused to a dental crown on each side. It will eventually be anchored onto abutments that are formed out of the healthy core of the two closest teeth.

To form the two abutments that will anchor the bridge, Drs. Toenjes, Brizzee, and Orme will use a drill to remove the tooth enamel from each tooth. The abutment will contain the dentin layer that surrounds the healthy pulp and root of the tooth.

Drs. Toenjes, Brizzee, and Orme will then make a detailed impression of the two abutments and the corresponding teeth in your bite. At a state-of-the-art dental lab, a technician will use this as a guide while making your new bridge. Temporary crowns will then be secured over each abutment to protect them while the dental lab technicians do their work.

When the bridge is ready, we will call you to schedule a brief second appointment. When you come in, our dentists will remove the temporary crowns and cement your new bridge into place.

If you have a badly decayed or missing tooth and you’re interested in a dental bridge in St. Anthony and Ashton, Idaho, you should call 208-624-3757 to have it treated and restored at our offices.