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Poor oral hygiene practices and the failure to attend your regular dental checkup with Dr. Jeffrey Lash, DMD can allow a cavity to form on one or more of your teeth. Without timely treatment, the decay can penetrate deep into the tooth, compromising a significant amount of the pulp and root. In time, the tooth could become so compromised that your dentist’s only viable course of treatment is to extract the tooth.

After your gums have healed, Dr. Jeffrey Lash, DMD might recommend replacing the badly decayed tooth with a dental bridge. A dental bridge in Spring Hill, Florida, is an artificial replica tooth that mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused into a base that has a hollow crown at each end. It will eventually anchor onto abutments that are formed out of the healthy core of the two closest teeth.

Our dentist will form the two abutments by removing the tooth enamel from each tooth. The abutment will contain the dentin layer that surrounds the healthy pulp and root of the tooth.

Our dentist will then make a detailed impression of the two abutments and the corresponding teeth. This will be sent to a state-of-the-art dental lab where your new bridge will be custom made. A hard, plastic, temporary crown will then be secured over each abutment to protect it while the dental lab technician does their work.

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

If you have a severely decayed tooth, you should call 352-398-4064 to schedule an appointment at The Gentle Dentist to have it treated.