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Having a tooth extracted as a last-resort treatment for a severely decayed or damaged tooth can have a significant impact on the health and function of your mouth. The impairment to your ability to chew and the potential changes to your appearance are just the tip of the iceberg. A tooth that was in your smile might also affect the clarity of your speech.

As time goes by, the void left by the extracted tooth can cause the nearby teeth to alter their positions and alignments. These orthodontic complications can eventually result in chips and dental fractures on the corresponding teeth in your bite pattern.

To prevent these complications, Dr. Joan M. Jupina might suggest a dental bridge restoration.

A dental bridge is basically an artificial tooth that mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused into a single piece of dental work with an open crown on each end. It will eventually be anchored onto abutments that are formed out of the core of the two neighboring teeth.

Creating each abutment calls for removing the tooth enamel layer from each tooth. This leaves behind a layer of dentin surrounding the healthy pulp and root of the tooth.

Dr. Joan M. Jupina 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 crafted to fill the void. Dr. Joan M. Jupina will then secure a temporary crown over each abutment to protect them while the dental lab technician does their work.

Once the dental lab tech has completed your bridge, Dr. Joan M. Jupina 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’re interested in having a missing tooth restored by a dental bridge, you should call 510.783.1414 to schedule an appointment at Jupina Dental in Hayward, California.