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An untreated cavity or severe dental trauma can sometimes result in the total loss of a tooth. Even if some of the original root structure remains, there might not be sufficient structural integrity to support a root canal and dental crown restoration.

In a severe case like this an experienced dentist like Dr. BJ Showman might recommend a complete extraction.  After all of the affected oral tissues have healed and any infection concerns have passed she can help you understand your dental restoration options.

If you’re not comfortable with the oral surgery associated with a dental implant restoration, she recommend installing a dental bridge to replace the tooth. This is basically an artificial tooth fused into one single piece of dental work with an empty crown at each end.

This will call for creating two abutments by removing the tooth enamel from each tooth neighboring the void. An impression will then be prepared of the area and the corresponding teeth. This will be sent to a state of the art dental lab where your dental bridge will be created.

You will need to return to Downtown Dental Associates when your dental bridge is ready. Dr. BJ Showman will then complete the dental restoration by cementing it onto the abutments with a special type of dental adhesive.  

If you live in the Cleveland, Ohio area and you have a missing, severely decayed, or traumatized tooth, we urge you to call 216-241-4303 to seek professional treatment at Downtown Dental Associates.