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If you procrastinate having a cavity treated, the tooth decay can significantly compromise the health and integrity of the tooth. In time, it could even cause a dangerous infection or abscess in your gums. To treat a case this severe, your dentist, Dr. James Johnson, might recommend extracting the tooth from the socket and excising any infected materials.

Once your gums have fully healed, he can help you get a better understanding of your treatment options. One effective method is to replace the tooth with a dental bridge in Houston, Texas.

The dental bridge is a false tooth that has been fused to a pair of crowns. Each end of the bridge is cemented onto abutments that are formed out of the core of the two neighboring teeth.

Dr. James Johnson will use a drill to remove the tooth enamel from each tooth to create a pair of abutments. These abutments are essentially protective sheaths of dentin that house the healthy pulp, root, and nerve of each tooth. Temporary crowns will then be secured over each abutment to protect them.

A detailed impression of the abutments and the other teeth related in your bite will be made. This will be sent to a dental lab to serve as a guide while the technicians create your bridge.

Once the lab technicians have completed their work, a member of our staff will call you to schedule a follow-up appointment. Once the bridge has been cemented onto the abutments, it will replace the previously decayed tooth for many years to come.

If you have a severely decayed tooth, you shouldn’t delay in calling 713.988.0536 to understand your treatment and restoration options at our office.