When a tooth is knocked out, extracted, or lost to a severe cavity it can impede your oral function, and lead to other complications. As time goes by the void left by the missing tooth can even cause the surrounding teeth to gradually fall out of their correct alignment. As this starts to happen, the related teeth in your bite pattern could suffer from dental attrition and dental fractures.
To prevent these complications and restore the full function of your mouth, Dr. Andrew W Henritze, DDS can install a dental bridge at his dental office in Roanoke, Virginia. This is essentially an artificial tooth that mimics the appearance of the original.
It is fused into one single piece of dental work with an empty crown at each end. The dental bridge will eventually be anchored onto abutments formed from the core of the two teeth neighboring the void. Dr. Andrew W Henritze, DDS will prepare these teeth by completely removing the tooth enamel of each tooth with a dental drill.
Once this is done, a detailed impression will be created and sent to a dental lab. Special technicians will use it as a guide while creating your dental bridge.
When your dental bridge is ready a member of Dr. Andrew W Henritze’s staff will call you to schedule a second appointment. Dr. Andrew W Henritze, DDS will remove each of the temporary crowns and cement your new bridgework onto the abutments with a strong dental adhesive.
If you live in the Roanoke, Virginia, area and you are missing a tooth you should call (540) 989-6600 to schedule an appointment at Andrew Henritze DDS.