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Sometimes a tooth is too severely decayed, fractured, or otherwise compromised for a specialist doctor like Dr. Kimberlee J. Karey to effectively treat it with a root canal. In these rare and severe cases, she will often advocate extracting whatever remains of the tooth’s root to start the process of replacing it with a dental bridge restoration.

Aftercare measures often include a prescription for any necessary pain medication or antibiotics to help speed the recovery process and alleviate lingering pain. These medications will need to be taken at the appropriate dosages and times for maximum, safe effect.

After all infection concerns have passed and the local gum tissues have fully healed she can start the process of restoring the tooth with a standard dental bridge. It is essentially an artificial replica tooth fused into one solid piece of dental work. It will include an open dental crown on each end which will eventually be anchored onto abutments formed from the two closest teeth.

Dr. Kimberlee J. Karey will prepare the two abutments, by removing the tooth enamel layer from each adjacent tooth. Then an impression of the area will be sent to a dental lab, where the dental bridge will be created.

You will need to return to Kimberlee J. Karey, DDS for a secondary appointment to have the dental bridge cemented onto its anchoring abutments.

If you live in the Ann Arbor, Michigan, area and you have a badly compromised tooth, you should call 734.668.6612 to seek treatment at the dental offices of Kimberlee J. Karey, DDS.