Sometimes dental trauma and untreated cavities can be so severe that the compromised tooth simply cannot be treated by a root canal or other treatment. In an extreme case like this Dr. Haslam might need to extract the tooth to prevent further complications and allow your gums to heal.
When you’re ready Dr. Haslam can start the process of installing a dental bridge into the void. This is basically an artificial tooth fused into one single piece of dental work with a hollow crown at each end. It will eventually be anchored onto abutments formed from the dentin layer of the two closest teeth.
Dr. Haslam will form the two abutments by removing the tooth enamel from each adjacent tooth. A detailed impression will be created of the area and the corresponding teeth. This will be sent to our dental lab where your dental bridge will be created from special dental materials.
To protect the abutments while the dental lab prepares your bridge we will secure a pair of temporary crowns over each abutment. These hard plastic caps cannot restore the function of the teeth and need to be properly cared for.
You will need to come in for a second appointment when your dental bridge is ready. This involves removing the temporary crowns and using a potent dental adhesive to cement the dental bridge in place.
If you live in the Corvallis, Oregon area and you are suffering with a severely distressed tooth, you should call 541-753-8365 to seek professional care at College Hill Dental Group.