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There are several different ways that people can lose a tooth. While teeth are most commonly lost as a result of unchecked tooth decay, it’s not unheard of for a tooth to be fractured, cracked or knocked out so traumatically that Dr. David A. Browne’s only recourse is to extract the tooth. Once your gums have healed, he might recommend replacing the extracted tooth by installing a bridge.

A bridge is single piece of dental work that basically mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. The replacement tooth is fused to a pair of crowns that are anchored on abutments formed out of the two closest teeth.

To form the abutments, Dr. David A. Browne will need to remove the enamel layer from each of the neighboring teeth. This creates a small protective sheath housing the healthy pulp, root and nerve of each tooth.

Dr. David A. Browne will then create a detailed impression of the abutments and surrounding teeth. This will be sent to a dental lab, to help guide them as they produce your permanent bridge. A temporary crown is cemented over each abutment to keep it safe, while you await completion of your final bridge.

Once the dental lab has completed your permanent bridge Dr. David A. Browne will call you in for a brief follow up appointment. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new permanent bridge is cemented in place.

If you have a badly damaged or decayed tooth, you should not delay in contacting Dr. David A. Browne’s office in McHenry, Illinois at 815-344-6811 to schedule an appointment.