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If you have a large cavity or if you have a missing filling and you’ve left it unrepaired, it could lead to serious complications. If the decay penetrates deep into the pulp or root of the tooth, it could cause so much decay and infection that your dentist, Dr. Ernesto Prida, might recommend extracting the tooth to prevent further complications.

Once your gums have healed following extraction, our A Plus Smiles team can effectively replace the decayed and extracted tooth with a dental bridge.

A dental bridge in Edinburg, Texas, mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused to a pair of dental crowns, which are anchored to the two closest teeth.

The process of placing a bridge begins with Dr. Ernesto Prida removing the majority of the enamel layer of the two closest teeth. This will shape the two teeth that will later anchor your bridge in place. The healthy internal structures of the teeth will remain intact.

Dr. Ernesto Prida will form an impression of the area, which will include the anchoring teeth and the corresponding teeth in your bite. Then, he will secure hard, plastic temporary crowns over each anchoring tooth. The impression is then sent to the dental lab that will produce your permanent bridge.

Dr. Ernesto Prida will call you back into our office once the dental lab has completed your bridge. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented securely in place.

If you have a decayed tooth that has been untreated for too long, you should call Dr. Ernesto Prida at 956-627-3446 to explore your treatment and restoration options.