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If you’ve lost a tooth to damage, decay, or extraction, it can have an adverse effect on your oral health and function. At first, the missing tooth might only impede your ability to chew food. If it was prevalent in your smile, it can also affect your self-esteem or cause you to slur your speech. As time goes on, the surrounding teeth might start to respond to the structural void. This can lead to alignment issues, chips, and fractures.

One way to address and prevent these complications is to have your dentists, Drs. Jelinek and Silva, install a dental bridge into the void. A dental bridge in Shakopee, Minnesota, is a single piece of dental work that is designed to mimic the appearance and function of the original tooth. It is a replacement tooth that is fused to a pair of crowns that are anchored on abutments formed out of the two closest teeth.

Dr. Jelinek and Dr. Silva will use a drill to remove the tooth enamel from each tooth 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 them.

Then, they 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. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented into place.

If you are missing a tooth, you should call 952.233.1020 to understand your restoration options at Matthew Jelinek.