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A root canal is often called for to treat a tooth that suffers from a large cavity or a dental trauma that has compromised the internal structures of a tooth. This endodontic therapy is designed to excise the affected tissues, along with any remaining tooth enamel. This allows Dr. Frederick M. Saigh to create an abutment capable of anchoring a dental crown in place.

In some of these cases, the tooth has been so severely compromised that there simply isn’t enough healthy structure remaining for Dr. Saigh to viable treat the tooth with a root canal. In these rare, yet severe cases he might advocate a total extraction to alleviate the pain and prevent a severe periodontal infection.

Once the area has healed, Dr. Saigh might recommend restoring the tooth by installing a dental bridge. This is an artificial replica tooth fused into one solid piece of dental work. It has open dental crowns on each end that will eventually be anchored onto abutments formed out of the healthy core of the two closest teeth.

To do this, Dr. Saigh will carefully create two abutments after removing tooth enamel layer from each of the neighboring teeth. A detailed impression will be prepared for the area including the related teeth in your dentition. Dental lab technicians will use this information to create your eventual dental bridge. You will need to return to our dental practice for a second appointment to have the dental bridge cemented onto the abutments.

If you live in the Iron River, Michigan, area and you have a severely compromised tooth, please call 906-265-0050 to have it treated at Saigh Family Dental.