When a tooth is badly damaged or decayed, the problem might be so bad that the tooth needs to be completely extracted. Even if you become accustomed to the missing tooth, Dr. Evan Wheeler will still likely recommend replacing it with a dental bridge in Fairbanks, Alaska. This will not only replace the function and appearance of the tooth, but it will also keep alignment issues from developing with the surrounding teeth.
In many ways, this is an artificial tooth that mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused into a base that has a hollow crown at each end. It will eventually anchor onto abutments that are formed out of the core of the two neighboring teeth.
Our dentist will form the two abutments by removing the tooth enamel from each tooth. The abutment will contain the dentin layer that surrounds the healthy pulp and root of the tooth.
Dr. Evan Wheeler 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 custom crafted to fill the void. Then, he will secure a hard, plastic, temporary crown over each abutment to protect it while the dental lab technician does their work.
When the bridge is ready, Dr. Evan Wheeler 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 have had a tooth extracted in the past, you should call 907-479-8123 to schedule an appointment at our office.