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There are some rare cases where a tooth is so severely compromised by an untreated cavity, dental abscess, or dental trauma, that it simply cannot be saved by a root canal or other conventional means. In a case like this Dr. Tammeka Nickleberry and the staff at TLN Family Dental’s dental clinic might advocate a total dental extraction.

This treatment of last resort is designed to fully remove all elements of the tooth and its root from the periodontal socket, before suturing the gums. This will likely be followed up by any prescription medications needed to manage pain or prevent further infection.

Once the affected periodontal tissues have fully healed Dr. Nickleberry might recommend replacing the tooth and your natural oral function by performing a dental bridge restoration. This method of treatment involves our team removing the tooth enamel from the two neighboring teeth. This will leave behind a pair of small abutments consisting of the internal dentin layer of each tooth.

An impression will then be prepared for the area and any corresponding teeth in your dentition. It will be sent to a special dental lab where professionally trained dental technicians will produce your dental bridge. A second appointment will be needed to install the dental bridge This involves cementing it onto the abutments with a special dental grade adhesive

If you live in the Houston, Texas, area and you have a severely distressed tooth, you should call (713) 723-2600 to seek treatment at the dental offices of TLN Family Dental.