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Severe tooth decay that goes untreated can ravage a tooth so severely that it is completely lost. Even if the remnant of the root in the socket doesn’t give you pain, it’s still a good idea to have the tooth restored. Beyond simply impeding your ability to chew food efficiently, the other teeth in your mouth can start to twist and move toward the void.

To restore the tooth’s structure, function and appearance in your mouth a Ronald Hauptman, DDS and Bahar Rowhani, DDS dentist might recommend installing a dental bridge.

This is essentially one single piece of dental work that represents three teeth. There are crowns on each end that are anchored atop abutments formed from the neighboring teeth.

To form the two abutments, your dentist will remove the tooth enamel from the two closest teeth. They will then cast a detailed impression of the abutments, and your personal bite pattern. This will be sent to our dental lab where your new bridge is made.

Then temporary crowns are cemented over each abutment to protect them while the dental lab works to produce the permanent bridge.

We will call you in for a brief, second appointment when you bridge is ready. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented in place over the two abutments.

If you have lost a tooth you should call Ronald Hauptman, DDS and Bahar Rowhani, DDS’s clinic in Falls Church, Virginia at 703-241-0666 to explore your restoration options.