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Even though your teeth are designed to be very tough, it is possible for a hard fall, blow to the face or other accident to severely damage a tooth. A broken, cracked or fractured tooth requires immediate attention by your dentist, Dr. James C. Ma.

Sometimes, the damage to the tooth can be so severe that your dentist will need to extract it. Once your gums have healed following the extraction, he can help you understand your restoration options.

Dr. James C. Ma might recommend installing a dental bridge. The dental bridge in Tulare, California, looks and functions like a natural tooth. The bridge is made of two or more false teeth and two dental crowns. The crowns are anchored to abutments that are formed from the two neighboring teeth.

To begin treatment, your dentist will form the abutments by removing a majority of the enamel from the surfaces of each anchoring tooth.

Dr. James C. Ma will then form a detailed impression of the entire area. This impression will be sent to the dental lab that will make your new bridge. Then, your dentist will secure a temporary crown over each abutment to protect it while the dental lab works on your final bridge.

We will call you into James C. Ma for a brief follow-up appointment once the dental lab has completed your bridge. During this appointment, the temporary crowns will be removed and your dentist will cement your new bridge into place.

If you have a broken or severely damaged tooth, you should call Dr. James C. Ma at 559-688-4111 to explore your treatment and restoration options.