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Sometimes a sports injury or a household accident can cause a severe blow to the face that damages a tooth. If the dental trauma affects the pulp or nerve of the tooth, Dr. Sonny Afshar might be able to treat the tooth with a standard root canal at their Cameron Park, California, clinic.

In a case of severe dental trauma or a dental avulsion where the majority of the root was damaged, endodontic treatment might not be viable. Should this prove to be the case, we will extract the remnants of the tooth and suture your gums.

Afterward Dr. Sonny Afshar will likely provide you with a prescription for anti-inflammatory or pain management medication. This will help ease the pain and prevent a serious infection from developing.

Once your gums have fully healed, Dr. Sonny Afshar can replace the tooth’s presence in your mouth with a bridge. This is basically an artificial tooth that mimics the appearance of the original tooth, fused into a solid piece of dental work with an empty crown on each end.

It will need to be anchored onto abutments formed out of the healthy core of the two closest teeth. To form the abutments, Dr. Sonny Afshar will remove the tooth enamel from each tooth leaving behind a sheath of dentin around the healthy pulp and root of the tooth.

We will prepare an impression of the area and any other relevant teeth in your bite pattern. This will be sent to a dental lab as a guide while they create your permanent bridge. Your dentist will then secure temporary crowns over each abutment to protect them while the lab completes their work.

Once it’s been cemented in place with a strong dental adhesive, your new bridge will restore the traumatized tooth for many years to come.

If you live in Cameron Park, California, and you’ve suffered a dental trauma, you should call 530.677.4457 to seek treatment with Dr. Sonny Afshar.