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Tooth decay is often the unfortunate result of an inconsistent or inadequate daily oral hygiene routine. If you are also reticent to attend your regular dental cleaning and checkup at A Plus Smiles a cavity will continue to spread. In time, this could allow bacteria to gain direct access to the pulp and root of the tooth.

Sometimes a tooth in these dire straits can be treated by a root canal. However, if you’ve let the decay spread for too long or a large abscess has formed in the gums, Dr. Ernesto Prida might recommend a total extraction. This will gradually ease any pain and sensitivity, prevent further infection, and prepare the area for an eventual dental bridge restoration.

This is a replacement tooth that is fused into a base with a dental crown at each end. It will eventually be anchored onto abutments that are formed out of the healthy core of the two closest teeth.

To form the two abutments that will anchor the bridge, your dentist will use a drill to remove the tooth enamel layer from each of the neighboring teeth. The abutment will contain the dentin layer that will surround the healthy pulp and root of the tooth.

Your dentist will then make a detailed impression of the two abutments and the corresponding teeth in your bite. A dental lab technician will use this as a guide while making your new bridge. Temporary crowns will then be secured over each abutment to protect them while the dental lab technician does their work.

When the bridge is ready, a member of our staff will call you to schedule a second appointment. Your dentist will then remove the temporary crowns and cement your new bridge into place.

If you live in the Edinburg, Texas, area and you have a badly decayed tooth, you should call 956-627-3446 to have it treated at A Plus Smiles.