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Fillings are most commonly used to repair small to medium-sized cavities. Even though fillings are meant to last a long time, they rarely last forever. Sometimes the bacteria in your mouth can work on the seam that cements the filling to the healthy tooth enamel. This can allow bacteria to invade the tooth, eventually resulting in significant complications.

If left unchecked, the area of decay can compromise the tooth so badly that your dentist’s only option is to extract the tooth. Once your gums have healed after the extraction, Dr. James Johnson can help you understand your options for replacing and restoring the tooth.

In many of these cases, Dr. James Johnson can completely restore the tooth with a dental bridge. A bridge mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused to two crowns that are anchored on the neighboring teeth. Dr. James Johnson will form the abutments that hold the bridge by removing the majority of the enamel from each of the neighboring teeth.

Dr. James Johnson will then form a detailed impression of the abutments and the impression will be sent to a dental lab. This impression will be used as a guide for the dental lab technicians that make your new bridge. Then, your dentist will secure hard, plastic, temporary crowns over each abutment to protect them while the dental lab works on your final bridge.

Dr. James Johnson will call you into James A. Johnson, DDS for a brief second appointment once the dental lab has completed your bridge. During this appointment, the temporary crowns will be removed and your dentist will cement your new bridge into place.

If you have a lost filling, large cavity or severely decayed tooth, you should call Dr. James Johnson at 713.988.0536 to explore your options of restoring it with a bridge.