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There are a few possible causes for the pain at your central (front) incisor. It may be in "traumatic occlusion" (excessive contact with the tooth below). This can cause pain and inability to bite. It could be due to chronic increased biting because the lateral (removed stump) has been broken for a prolonged period - so more biting may take place on the central. It could also be a nerve problem with your central incisor. A dentist will determine if the front incisor (central) is a suitable abutment (support tooth) for the bridge with you. If the issue is simply pain, addressing the underlying cause (nerve or excess contact) will solve the problem and you can proceed with the bridge.
The other alternatives include an implant or a removable single tooth partial denture.
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There may be too much contact on the front tooth as a result of the extraction. This can cause pain as you describe. If you feel like the front tooth touches more than before that is likely your problem - hyperocclusion - or excess contact and pressure. If too much contact on the tooth is the issue it can be adjusted to relieve the pain fairly simply. However, if the nerve of the front tooth is inflamed (less likely), it may reverse over a couple of weeks - or it may not "settle" - and a root canal could be necessary. As I mentioned, that seems like a less likely cause of the pain. It is possible that neither of these issues would be visible on the xray your dentist took.
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