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Without timely treatment, tooth decay can severely damage a tooth to the point where it must be extracted. Once the space has healed Dr. Richard Mantoan might recommend restoring the tooth’s presence in your mouth by installing a bridge. This is an artificial tooth that mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused into one single piece of dental work with a hollow crown at each end. It will eventually be anchored onto abutments formed out of the core of the two closest teeth.

Dr. Richard Mantoan will form the two abutments by removing the tooth enamel from each tooth. They 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 permanent bridge will be made.

Then he will secure a hard plastic temporary crown over each abutment to protect them while the dental lab does their work.

When the bridge is ready, Dr. Richard Mantoan will call you to schedule a brief second appointment. When you come in, he will remove the temporary crowns and cement your permanent bridge in place.

If you have a badly decayed tooth in need of treatment or restoration, you should call Southland Smiles in Flossmoor, Illinois at 708-794-4253 to schedule an appointment.