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While it’s unfortunate, there are times when a tooth is so badly damaged, decayed or infected that it can’t be saved. In these extreme cases, your dentist, Dr. Faith Cousins, might need to extract the tooth to alleviate the pain and prevent further complications. Once your gums have fully healed and any infection concerns have abated, she might recommend a dental bridge restoration to replace the extracted tooth.

A dental bridge in Silver Spring, Maryland, is basically an artificial tooth that mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused into one single piece of dental work with a hollow crown on each side. It will eventually be anchored onto abutments that are formed out of the core of the two neighboring teeth.

Dr. Faith Cousins will form the two abutments by removing the tooth enamel from each tooth. The abutment will contain the dentin layer surrounding the healthy pulp and root of the tooth.

Dr. Faith Cousins will then form a detailed impression of the two abutments and the corresponding teeth. This will be sent to a state-of-the-art dental lab where your new bridge will be crafted to fill the void. Dr. Faith Cousins will then secure a temporary crown over each abutment to protect it while the dental lab technician does their work.

Once the dental lab tech has completed your bridge, Dr. Faith Cousins will call you in for a short follow-up appointment. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented into place.

If you’re interested in having a missing tooth restored by a dental bridge, you should call 301-589-2714 to schedule an appointment at Faith Cousins DDS.