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Root canals and dental crowns are often used to restore a tooth that has suffered a severe cavity or a significant dental trauma. The dental crown is secured onto an abutment made from the core structures of the tooth or a special material called gutta percha.

This is intended to restore the structure, strength, appearance, and basic function of the tooth for many years. If the abutment is later compromised, by periodontal health problems, or it is damaged by a second dental trauma, there might not be sufficient structure remaining to restore the tooth by conventional means.

In a severe case like this, your dentist might recommend extracting the remnants of the abutment from the socket. This can help ease the pain and allow the periodontal tissues to heal. When you’re ready, your dentist can restore the tooth with a dental bridge.

Your dentist will start by examining the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are completely healthy. Then they will create two anchoring abutments by removing the tooth enamel layer from each tooth. They will then create a detailed impression of the area to serve as a guide for the dental lab technicians that will create your dental bridge.

When the dental bridge is ready, Dr. Navdeep Aulakh and his associates will cement it in place with a strong dental adhesive. This will fully restore the tooth for many years ahead. If you live in the San Jose, California, area and you have a damaged or distressed crown, you should call 408-437-1111 to have it treated at AZ Dental.