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Sometimes, a dental fracture or severe tooth decay can compromise a tooth so badly, that the tooth cannot be saved, even by endodontic means. Should a root canal prove to be a non-viable treatment, the oral care specialists at Drs. Scrimalli, Ratchford, & Ahmadzadeh’s Hamlin, Pennsylvania, clinic might recommend a treatment-based extraction.

This will help ease the pain and prevent a serious infection from developing. Afterward, a prescription for anti-inflammatories or other pain management medication can maintain your comfort while your gums healed.

When you’re ready, we can start the process of installing a 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 out of the healthy core of the two closest teeth.

The dentist will form the two abutments by removing the tooth enamel from each adjacent tooth. The abutment will contain the dentin layer surrounding the healthy pulp and root of the tooth. A detailed impression will be created of the area and the corresponding teeth. This will be sent to our dental lab, where your permanent bridge will be created.

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 won’t restore the ability to chew, but with simple care they will prevent complications from befalling the healthy abutments.

You will need to come in for a second appointment when your bridge is ready. This involves removing the temporary crowns and using a potent dental adhesive to secure the bridge onto the abutments.

If you live in the Hamlin, Pennsylvania, area and you are suffering with a severely distressed tooth, you should call 570-689-2449 to seek professional care at Drs. Scrimalli, Ratchford, & Ahmadzadeh’s dental offices.