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If a cavity is not treated in a timely manner, the decay can spread into the internal structures of the tooth. If the decay results in a serious infection in the pulp or root of the tooth, the complications can be so significant that the tooth might not be able to be saved by a root canal.

When this happens, our dentist might recommend having the tooth pulled to treat the problem. Later, he can help you understand your options for restoring the tooth. One of the most effective options is to have a dental bridge installed.

Getting a dental bridge in Anchorage, Alaska, will effectively restore the full function and appearance of the decayed tooth. It is a replica tooth that is fused to a pair of dental crowns on each end. It will eventually be anchored on abutments that are formed from the two neighboring teeth.

The process starts with your dentist removing most of the tooth enamel from the neighboring teeth. Then, a detailed impression will be cast of the abutments and the corresponding teeth in your bite pattern. This impression will be sent to our dental lab where your new bridge will be made.

At the end of the appointment, Dr. Kyle M. Triggs will cement temporary crowns over each abutment to protect it while you await the completion of your bridge.

We will call you in for a brief, second appointment when your bridge is ready. During this appointment, the temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented onto the two abutments.

If you have a severely decayed tooth, you should call Alaska Dental Associates at 907-562-2284 for timely treatment.