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Sometimes untreated tooth decay or a severe fracture can damage a tooth so badly that Dr. Gary H Morikawa simply cannot repair it with a root canal. In a case like this, he might need to extract the tooth to treat any pain and prevent future infection. Later, the extracted tooth can be replaced by a dental bridge.

A dental bridge in Honolulu, Hawaii, is basically a single piece of dental work that 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. Gary H Morikawa 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 of dentin that is surrounding the pulp and root of each tooth.

Your dentist will then create a detailed impression of the abutments and any corresponding teeth in your bite pattern. 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 have a badly decayed, damaged or extracted tooth, you should call Gary H. Morikawa, DDS Inc at 808-949-8866 to understand your treatment and replacement options.