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When a tooth is severely damaged or when the root is afflicted with bacterial decay, it can cause pain and oral dysfunction. In some cases like this, Dr. Andrew Atwood can often treat the tooth by performing a root canal.

If the tooth is severely damaged or if a dangerous abscess has formed in the gums, a root canal might not be viable. In a rare case like this, your dentist might recommend extracting all remnants of the tooth and suturing the gums.

Afterward, he might prescribe pain management, anti-inflammatory or antibiotic medications to help speed the recovery process and maintain your comfort. Once everything has healed, he can help you explore your options for replacing the tooth’s presence in your mouth. One of the easiest options is to have a dental bridge installed.

This is basically an artificial tooth that mimics the appearance of an original. It is fused to a hollow crown at each end. To anchor the bridge in your mouth, your dentist will need to create abutments out of the two closest neighboring teeth.

A drill will be used to remove the tooth enamel from each tooth. The remaining abutments will contain the dentin layer that surrounds the healthy pulp and root of the tooth.

Your dentist will then form a detailed impression of each abutment as well as the corresponding teeth. This will be sent to a professional dental lab where your new bridge will be created.

A temporary crown will be secured over each abutment to protect them while the dental lab technician prepares your new bridge.

When your new bridge is ready, we will call you in for a short follow-up appointment to install the bridge. The temporary crowns will be removed and your dentist will cement the bridge onto the abutments.

If you live in Orem, Utah, and you’ve lost a tooth, you should call 801-225-1002 to understand the restoration options available at Double Take Dental.