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There are several different reasons why one of Jacqueline S. Reid DDS’s dentists recommend having a tooth extracted. Severe tooth decay, extreme fractures, cracks or a partially knocked out tooth can sometimes cause such significant complications that a root canal might not be able to save the tooth.

Once the tooth has been extracted and your gums have been allowed to heal, your Jacqueline S. Reid DDS dentist might recommend restoring the tooth’s presence in your mouth with a bridge. This common piece of dental work is essentially two crowns fused together with an artificial tooth that fill in the void left by the extracted tooth. The bridge will be mounted on a pair of abutments formed by the two closest neighboring teeth.

It often requires two separate appointments for Jacqueline S. Reid DDS’s dentists to completely restore the lost tooth with a bridge. At the first appointment they examine the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are sound.

Your dentist will remove the majority of the enamel layer each tooth, creating a pair of abutments that will later anchor your bridge in place. An impression is made of the area, which is sent to a dental lab, that custom makes your new bridge. At the end of the first appointment, the dentist secures a hard plastic temporary crown over each abutment to protect them.

We will schedule your second appointment once the dental lab has completed your permanent bridge. During this appointment, they will remove the temporary crowns and cement the permanent bridge in place.

If you have tooth that has recently been extracted or requires extraction, you should not delay in calling Jacqueline S. Reid DDS’s office in Chatham, New Jersey at 973.635.9456 to schedule an appointment.