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The natural bacteria living in your mouth have the ability to exploit your tooth enamel. This is even more likely to occur if you are inconsistent with your daily oral hygiene routine or fail to attend your routine dental exams at Dr. Christina Sehy VerSchave‘s Lakewood, Colorado office.

With the passage of time, the tooth decay can compromise a significant amount of dental structure. It could even cause an infection in the pulp of the tooth. Left untreated, the compromised tooth could severely fracture.

In a case like this, it might be possible for Dr. Christina Sehy VerSchave to treat the tooth with a root canal or other endodontic treatment. In a severe case, where the socket was also damaged, Dr. Christina Sehy VerSchave might recommend extracting the root of the tooth. After your gums have been sutured and allowed to heal, she can then fit you for a bridge restoration.

A dental bridge is essentially a solid piece of dental work that mimics the appearance of a natural tooth which has been fused to a pair of crowns. Each end of the bridge is cemented onto abutments formed out of the core of the two neighboring teeth.

The bridge will need to be created in a professional dental lab. When it’s ready, a brief follow-up appointment will be needed to cement it into your mouth. Once this is done, the bridge will effectively replace the severely decayed tooth’s presence in your mouth for many years to come.

If you live in the Lakewood, Colorado area and you have a badly decayed or fractured tooth, please call 303-935-3574 to seek treatment with Dr. Christina Sehy VerSchave. We look forward to restoring your healthy smile!