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A treatment-based extraction is often a last-resort option presented by Dr. Nilesh Pema. It is intended to alleviate the pain and prevent further infection from a tooth that has suffered severe decay or damage.

If the tooth isn’t restored in a timely manner, it can lead to more significant complications than impaired chewing ability, slurred speech, or alterations in appearance. As time goes by, the void can start to affect the positions of the neighboring teeth.

To prevent this from happening, Dr. Nilesh Pema often advocates replacing the tooth with a standard dental bridge.

For all intents and purposes, this is an artificial tooth that mimics the appearance of the original. It is fused into a base with a hollow crown at each end. To anchor the bridge in your mouth, your dentist will need to create abutments out of the two closest neighboring teeth.

To do this, she will use a drill to remove the tooth enamel from each tooth. The abutment will contain the dentin layer that surrounds the healthy pulp and root of the tooth.

Your dentist will then form a detailed impression of the two abutments and the corresponding teeth. This will be sent to a professional dental lab where your new bridge will be meticulously crafted.

A temporary crown will be secured over each abutment to protect them while the dental lab technician prepares your bridge.

When it’s ready, we will call you in for a short follow-up appointment to install the bridge. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented into place.

If you live in Toluca Lake, California, and you have a tooth in severe distress, you should call 818-760-9912 to seek treatment at Toluca Dental Care.