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In some extreme circumstances, a hard fall or blow to the face can have enough force to severely damage a tooth. If the damage extends deep into the tooth, it can compromise the root and even damage the socket. The pain associated with this type of oral injury can be severe, and your dentist’s only effective course of treatment is to extract the tooth.

After your gums have healed following extraction, your dentist can help you decide if you want to replace the tooth with a dental implant or dental bridge. A dental bridge in Granite Bay, California, is less invasive and more simple compared to a dental implant. It is basically an artificial tooth that mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused into a single piece of dental work with a hollow crown at each end. It will eventually anchor onto abutments that are formed out of the core of the two closest teeth.

Dr. Keven R. Mills will form the two abutments by removing the tooth enamel from each tooth. The abutment will contain the dentin layer, the healthy pulp, and the root of the tooth.

Then, he will form a detailed impression of the two abutments and the corresponding teeth. This will be sent to a state-of-the-art dental lab where your new bridge will be custom made.

Next, he will secure a hard, plastic, temporary crown over each abutment to protect it while the dental lab technician does their work.

When the bridge is ready, Dr. Keven R. Mills will call you to schedule a brief second appointment. When you come in, he will remove the temporary crowns and cement your new bridge into place.

If you have a cracked, fractured or badly damaged tooth, you should not delay in calling Keven R. Mills, DDS at 916-915-5108 to set up an emergency appointment.