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Losing a tooth can have a significant impact on your quality of life. Not only will it impair your ability to chew food, but it can also mar your appearance and slur your speech. In time, the surrounding teeth might even move out of their natural alignment in reaction to the lost tooth.

In a case like this, your dentist, Dr. Dennis Jenkins, can replace the extracted tooth by installing a dental bridge. A dental bridge in Sellersburg, Indiana, is a single piece of dental work that basically mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. The replacement tooth is fused to a pair of crowns that are anchored on abutments formed out of the two closest teeth.

Dr. Dennis Jenkins will use a drill to remove the tooth enamel from each of the teeth to form a pair of post-like abutments. This creates a small protective sheath that houses the healthy pulp, root, and nerve of each tooth. Temporary crowns will then be secured over each abutment to protect it.

Then, he will create a detailed impression of the abutments as well as any other corresponding teeth. This will be sent to a dental lab to help guide the technicians as they produce your new bridge.

When your new bridge is ready, a member of our staff will call you to schedule a second appointment. During this appointment, the temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented into place.

If you have a missing tooth, you should call Designing Smiles PSC at 812-246-3386 to have it effectively replaced.