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An untreated cavity or a severe case of dental trauma can sometimes damage a tooth so badly that the oral care specialists at Legacy Trails Dental simply can’t save the tooth with a root canal treatment. In a case like this, we might recommend extracting the tooth to ease the pain and prevent further complications.

If the tooth isn’t restored in a reasonable amount of time, the void left behind can lead to several different oral function problems. Beyond the noticeable decrease in the ability to chew food, it could also alter your speech and the outward appearance of your smile. Each tooth in your mouth relies on the structure provided by its neighbors to help hold it in the correct position. The void left by the missing tooth can gradually cause the neighboring teeth to turn and alter their alignment. As it starts to progress you can become increasingly prone to problems like dental attrition, chipped teeth, and dental fractures.

One easy way to prevent these complications and restore the full function of your mouth is to have Dr. Afshin Azmoodeh replace the tooth with a dental bridge. This is an artificial replacement tooth fused to two crowns. It is mounted on a pair of abutments formed from the two closest neighboring teeth.

Dr. Afshin Azmoodeh will start by examining the two closest teeth neighboring the void to make sure they are healthy and strong. Then he will use a drill to remove enamel layer from each tooth. This creates a pair of abutments that will eventually anchor your dental bridge. Dr. Afshin Azmoodeh will then prepare an impression of the area before securing a temporary crown over each of the abutments. The impression will be sent to a professional dental lab to assist the dental technicians in creating your dental bridge.

A staff member will call you to schedule a second appointment when your dental bridge is ready. During this appointment, the temporary crowns will be removed and your permanent bridge will be cemented in place with a strong dental adhesive. If you live in the Plano, Texas, area and you have a badly compromised or missing you should call 214-227-1000 to have it restored at Legacy Trails Dental.