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There are some cases of tooth decay and oral trauma that are so severe that the affected tooth simply cannot be treated by endodontic therapy. In a moment such as this the dentist might need to extract whatever remains of the tooth from the periodontal socket before suturing the gums.

Aftercare measures might also include prescription pain medication and a possible course of antibiotics. They will need to be taken at the stated dosages and times for maximum effect.

In time Dr. Lee F. Peterson might be able to replace the extracted tooth with a dental bridge. A dental restoration like this is designed to install a single piece of dental work consisting of an artificial tooth, bonded firmly on each end to dental crowns.

The dental bridge will eventually be cemented onto abutments created from the internal dentin layer of the two teeth neighboring the void. To prepare these structures our dentist needs to completely remove the natural tooth enamel from the teeth.

An impression will then be made of the area and the related teeth in your bite pattern. It will serve as a guide for the dental lab technicians tasked with producing the dental bridge.

When it’s ready it will be secured to the abutments with a special dental adhesive, thus allowing you to enjoy the full function of the previously extracted tooth.

If you live in the Hanford, California area and you are suffering from a severely compromised tooth, you can call 559-584-8129 to seek treatment at our office.