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A Severely Damaged Tooth Might Need Total Extraction Before Restoring It with a Bridge

Oral traumas can sometimes be severe. In an extreme case, an accident could carry enough force to badly damage, shatter or cleave a tooth in half. In these rare instances, the damage to the interior of the tooth might be so severe that Drs. Stanovick and Stanovick cannot viably treat it with a root canal.

For a tooth in this condition, he might recommend a total extraction of the root before suturing the gums. This will reduce the pain, prevent infection, and allow the socket to heal properly.

When you’re ready, Drs. Stanovick and Stanovick can help you understand your restoration options. If you aren’t interested in the invasive techniques used to restore the tooth with a dental implant, he might offer an alternative in the form of a dental bridge restoration. A dental bridge in Mechanicsville, Virginia, is two crowns fused together with a third representative tooth in the middle. It is mounted on a pair of abutments that are formed by the two closest neighboring teeth.

After assessing the health of the neighboring teeth, Drs. Stanovick and Stanovick will use a drill to remove their tooth enamel layer. This will form a pair of post-like abutments. This creates a small protective sheath that houses the healthy pulp, root, and nerve of each tooth. Temporary crowns will then be secured over each abutment to protect them.

An impression will be made of the abutments and the corresponding teeth in your bite. This will be sent to our dental lab to help guide the technicians as they produce your new bridge.

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

If you are suffering with a badly damaged tooth, you should call 804-781-1919 to schedule treatment at Paul R. Stanovick, DDS.

Keeping Ahead of COVID-19

Providing a safe environment for treatment and control for infectious disease is always a priority at Paul Stanovick DDS. Our expansive reception area and large outdoor deck provides space to easily support regulations surrounding social distancing. The treatment rooms provide an extra layer of protection as they are sanitized between each patient and provide clean air through air purifiers located in each room. We encourage that all patients schedule for their essential or ongoing treatment. Proactively treating your dental needs will benefit both your health and reduce the need for corrective treatment over time. We do ask that any high-risk patients postpone any elective dental treatment at this time. You will see some changes during your next appointment as we have added precautions to protect patients and staff. All patients will be asked to fill out a COVID-19 screening form as well as have their temperature taken. You will be asked to enter the building with use of facial protection and asked to wear it until you are in the treatment room. Hand sanitizer is also available throughout the whole building for your use. You may notice that our magazine and children’s books have been removed from the reception area as they are harder to disinfect. We have installed plexiglass around our front reception area for added distancing between front staff and patients waiting for appointments. Air purifiers have been placed in every operatory with two larger purifiers in the front and back of the office. We have provided face shields, lab jackets and barrier gowns for all clinical staff. Our hours of operation will still remain Monday -Friday 8am-5pm. We are trying our best to re-appoint patients that missed March 2020 & April 2020 dental appointments. We are looking forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about treatment and the safety precautions we are taking here at the practice. If you would like to make an appointment you can give us a call or text 804.781.1919. Thank you for your patience during these changing times and for your trust in us with taking care of your dental needs. Sincerely, Dr. Paul Stanovick, Dr. Brant Stanovick, and Staff.