When severe tooth decay or dental trauma affect the root of a tooth and the surrounding dental structures, the pain and complications can be very discomforting. In many cases like this, our team at Paul Vartabedian, DDS’s Lakeport, California dental practice often employ a form of endodontic therapy, known as a root canal.
This method of treatment is designed to excise all the compromised dental structures to restore enough material to eventually anchor a crown restoration. Unfortunately, there are some situations where the tooth or socket has been so severely compromised that a root canal simply cannot save the tooth.
In an extreme case like this, our dentist might recommend extracting all remnants of the tooth and suturing the gums. This might be followed by a prescription for pain management and antibiotic medications. After any concerns of infection have passed and your gums have healed, we can start the process of replacing the tooth’s presence in your mouth with a bridge.
This single piece of dental work is comprised of two crowns fused together with a third representative tooth in the middle. It is mounted on a pair of abutments formed by the two closest neighboring teeth.
Once our dentist has assessed the health of the teeth closest to the void he will remove each tooth enamel layer. This will form a pair of post-like abutments. This creates a small protective sheath of dentin, housing the internal structures of each tooth. Temporary crowns will then be secured over each abutment to protect it.
Dr. Paul Vartabedian will then prepare an impression of the area including both abutments and the corresponding teeth in your dentition. This will be sent to our dental lab to help guide them as they produce your permanent bridge.
When the final bridge is ready, we will call you to schedule a brief second appointment. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new permanent bridge will be cemented in place with a strong dental-grade adhesive.
If you live in the Lakeport, California area and have a severely distressed tooth, we invite you to call 707-263-1496 to seek treatment with the team at the dental practice of Paul Vartabedian, DDS. We look forward to restoring your healthy, beautiful smile!