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If you’ve recently had to have a tooth extracted due to severe tooth decay or damage caused by an accident or oral injury, you should contact Dr. Rossana T. Alfonso to explore your restoration options. If the extracted tooth isn’t addressed it can lead to serious complications related to an impaired ability to chew food or speak clearly, as well as alignment issues.

One of the most common methods Dr. Rossana T. Alfonso recommends for restoring a previously extracted tooth is to have it replaced by a bridge. A bridge is single piece of dental work, that looks similar to a series of three crowns that have been fused together into one single unit.

To create the abutments our dentist needs to remove the enamel layer from each of the neighboring teeth. The abutments look like little posts and will later serve to anchor your bridge in place.

At the end of this first appointment Dr. Rossana T. Alfonso will make an impression of the abutments and corresponding teeth in your bite pattern. Then she will cover the abutments with a pair of temporary crowns. The impression is sent to a dental lab as a guide, while they create your permanent bridge.

When the dental lab has completed your new bridge, we will call you back in for a second appointment to remove the temporary crowns and cement your new bridge in place.

If you’ve recently lost a tooth or had one extracted, you should call Mira Mesa Dental Care at 858-457-7747 to schedule an appointment to have it restored.