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There are some occasions where a tooth is so severely damaged and decayed that Dr. Alexis LaRose can’t viably restore the tooth with a root canal. In a situation like this she might recommend extracting the tooth to allow your gums to heal. This might also include a prescription for pain management and antibiotic medications.

When you are ready, Dr. LaRose can start the process of replacing the missing tooth with a dental bridge. It typically requires two separate appointments to complete the dental restoration.

At the first session, the doctor will examine the two teeth adjacent to the space to ensure that they are completely healthy. The doctor will then remove the enamel from each of these teeth. This leaves behind a pair of dentin abutments that will later serve as anchor points for your dental bridge.

An impression will be created of the area, which will be sent to a dental lab where technicians will create your bridge. Once this is done, a temporary crown will be secured over each abutment to protect it.

When your permanent bridge is ready, Dr. LaRose will call you back in for a brief follow up appointment to cement it into place. Once the dental adhesive has fully cured, your new bridge will restore the missing tooth for many years to come.

If you live in the Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, area and you have a severely compromised tooth, you should not delay in calling 208-966-6054 to seek dental care at Kootenai Family Dental.