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A Bridge Might Be Needed to Restore a Decayed and Fractured Tooth

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When tooth decay afflicts a tooth, it will gradually continue to spread. Should you procrastinate professional dental treatment at Shaia Dental Care, the problem will inevitably worsen. Sometimes so much of the tooth enamel structure is compromised that the tooth severely fractures.

When this happens, Dr. Anthony Shaia might need to provide endodontic therapy. In an extreme case, the damage and decay might be so severe that the tooth cannot be saved by a root canal. In a situation like this, he might advocate extracting all remnants of the tooth to allow the gums to heal. Then Dr. Anthony Shaia can replace the tooth with a standard dental bridge.

For a tooth so badly affected, Dr. Anthony Shaia might recommend a total extraction of the root and all infected tissues.

When you’re ready, Dr. Anthony Shaia can help you get a better understanding of your restoration options. One of the most effective ways to restore the lost tooth is to use a bridge. This is essentially two crowns fused together with an artificial tooth in the middle. It is mounted on a pair of abutments that are formed by the two closest neighboring teeth.

Dr. Anthony Shaia starts by examining the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are completely healthy. Then he will use a drill to remove the tooth enamel from each tooth. This creates a pair of abutments that will later anchor your bridge.

A detailed impression will be created of the area, which will be sent to a dental lab where your new bridge will be made. Temporary crowns will then be secured over each abutment to protect them.

One of Dr. Anthony Shaia’s staff members will call you to schedule your second appointment when the dental lab technician has completed your new bridge. It will be secured onto the two abutments with a powerful dental adhesive.

If you live in the Middleburg Heights, Ohio area and you have a tooth suffering from untreated tooth decay, you should call 440-884-9898 to schedule treatment at Shaia Dental Care.