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A severe oral trauma like a hard blow to the face or an accidental fall can sometimes damage a tooth. Sometimes a large dental fracture or a crack in a tooth can be so severe that it results in total tooth loss. If Dr. Damon T. Armstrong and the dental specialists at his Blackfoot, Idaho, clinic can’t save the tooth with a root canal, we might recommend extracting the remnants of the root from the socket.

This will help alleviate the pain and prevent infection from developing in the injured tissues. Once your gums have healed, we can help you understand your options for replacing the tooth. One of the fastest, most effect methods is to have a dental bridge installed into the void.

This typically requires a two-stage restoration treatment. During the first appointment, Dr. Damon T. Armstrong will examine the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are completely healthy.

Then, he will use a drill to remove the tooth enamel from each tooth that is neighboring the void. This creates a pair of abutments that will later anchor your bridge.

Dr. Damon T. Armstrong will then create an impression of the area, which will be sent to our dental lab. This will serve as a guide for the technicians when custom making your final bridge. Once this is done, hard, plastic, temporary crowns will be secured over each abutment to protect them.

You will need to return to Armstrong Dental when the dental lab technicians have completed the bridge. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented onto the abutments with a dental-grade adhesive.

If you live in the Blackfoot, Idaho, area and you are suffering with a severely damaged tooth, you should call 208-785-3310 to seek urgent treatment at our clinic.