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There are times when a person might ignore a badly chipped, fractured or decayed tooth. Even if it isn’t causing immediate pain, decay will often set in and compromise the internal structures of the tooth. Sometimes, a tooth can be so badly decayed or damaged that your dentist, Dr. Matthew Hernandez, will recommend extracting the tooth and later restoring it with a dental bridge.

A dental bridge in Lynnwood, Washington, is an appliance that is fused to dental crowns, and the crowns are mounted on the two closest neighboring teeth. Once secured in place, the bridge will completely restore the function and appearance of all three teeth.

The process of installing a bridge starts by your dentist shaping the two closest teeth. This is done by removing most of the enamel layer of the teeth, leaving only the healthy interior structures behind.

Next, Dr. Matthew Hernandez will create an impression of the area and then secure temporary crowns in place over each anchoring tooth. The impression is sent to a dental lab to serve as a guide while the technicians craft your custom permanent bridge.

Dr. Matthew Hernandez will call you to schedule a second appointment once your permanent bridge is completed. During this appointment, the temporary crowns are removed and your new bridge is cemented into place.

If you have a tooth that is badly decayed, you need to call Express Dental Care at 425-672-8494 to explore your treatment and restoration options.