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An untreated cavity is always a cause for concern. The tooth decay can eventually spread to the tooth’s internal structures and cause so much damage that your dentist’s only viable course of action is to extract the tooth.

Once your gums have healed following the extraction, Dr. Armen Terteryan can help you understand your options for replacing the tooth. One of the most effective methods is to have a dental bridge installed. A dental bridge in Woodland Hills, California, is basically an artificial tooth that mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused to two hollow dental crowns at each end. It will eventually be anchored onto abutments formed out of the healthy core of the two closest teeth.

Dr. Armen Terteryan will form the two abutments by removing the tooth enamel from each tooth. The abutments will contain the healthy pulp and root of the tooth. Then, he will cast a detailed impression of the two abutments and the corresponding teeth. This impression will be sent to a state-of-the-art dental lab where your new dental bridge will be custom made. A hard, plastic, temporary crown will then be secured over each abutment to protect it while the dental lab technician does their work.

When the bridge is ready, Dr. Armen Terteryan will call you to schedule a brief second appointment. When you come in, he will remove the temporary crowns and cement your new bridge into place.

If you have a severely decayed tooth, you should not delay in contacting Couture Smiles Dental Group at (818) 716.7966 to have it treated and repaired.