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There are some unfortunate and rare instances where untreated tooth decay or dental trauma damages a tooth so severely that it cannot viably be treated by a root canal. To effectively treat a problem of this magnitude​, Dr. Nirmal Aujla might advocate a total extraction. This will help ease any pain and prevent further infection.

Once your gums have healed, he can help you understand your dental restoration options. If you are uncomfortable with the oral surgery and timetable associated with placing a dental implant, and you want something more permanent than a partial denture, your dentist might recommend a dental bridge restoration.

This appliance has a replacement tooth that is fused to a pair of dental crowns on each side. The crowns are anchored on abutments that are formed out of the two closest teeth.

The first appointment calls for removing the tooth enamel from each anchoring tooth to form a pair of post-like abutments. This creates a small, protective sheath of dentin that surrounds the pulp and root of each tooth.

Your dentist will then take a detailed impression of the abutments and any corresponding teeth in your bite pattern. This will be sent to our off-site dental lab to help guide the technicians as they produce the new bridge.

A brief second appointment will be required when your bridge is completed. The temporary crowns will be removed and your dentist will use a strong dental adhesive to cement the bridge onto the abutments.

If you live in the Watertown, New York, area and you need to have a tooth treated or restored, you should call 315-788-7070 to schedule an appointment at Jefferson Dental Health PC.