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A dental accident can sometimes lead to a significant dental fracture. If the damage extends into the root or internal structures of the tooth, Dr. James C. Ma might be able to treat the tooth with a root canal. In an extreme case where the socket structure has been traumatized, he might recommend extracting the entire tooth.

In time, your gums will fully heal and Dr. James C. Ma can help you understand your dental restoration options. One of the most efficient methods of replacing the tooth is to install a dental bridge. This is single piece of dental work that has three teeth: a dental crown on each end and a false tooth in the middle. The crowns will eventually anchor onto abutments that are formed out of the two neighboring teeth.

Dr. James C. Ma will then use a drill to remove the tooth enamel from each of the teeth to form the abutments. This creates a small protective sheath that houses the healthy pulp and root of each tooth. Temporary crowns will then be secured over each abutment to protect them.

A detailed impression will be made of the abutments as well as any other corresponding teeth. This will be sent to a state-of-the-art dental lab to guide the technicians in creating the bridge.

When your new bridge is ready, a member of our James C. Ma staff will call you to schedule a second appointment. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented into place.

If you live in Tulare, California, and you have suffered a badly damaged tooth, you should call 559-688-4111 to seek treatment at James C. Ma.