While it’s rare, there are none-the-less situations where a tooth is too severely compromised for our dentist at Great Grins in Richmond, Kentucky to treat it with a root canal. This could be a severely decayed and untreated tooth or a case of severe dental trauma.
If the root or underlying socket structure is too compromised for endodontic treatment, we might advocate a total extraction. This might also include a course of prescription antibiotics or pain management medication. Once everything has healed and any infection concerns have passed, we can restore the tooth’s presence in your mouth with a bridge.
A dental bridge is one modest-sized piece of dental work that mimics the appearance of a natural tooth which has been fused to a pair of crowns. Each end of the permanent bridge will be cemented onto abutments formed out of the core of the two neighboring teeth.
Creating each abutment calls for your Great Grins dentist to use a drill to remove the enamel layer from each tooth. This creates a small protective sheath housing the healthy pulp, root, and nerve of each tooth. Temporary crowns are then secured over each abutment to protect it.
The dentist will then prepare a detailed impression of the abutments and the other teeth related in your bite. This will be sent to a dental lab where your final bridge will be created from high-quality dental-grade materials. When it’s completed, you will be called in to have the bridge permanently installed with a strong dental cement.
If you have lost a tooth to untreated decay and you live in the Richmond, Kentucky area, we invite you to call 859-626-9339 to have it treated and restored at Great Grins. Dr. Susan A. Vanstone and our team look forward to restoring your smile!