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When a hard blow to the face carries enough force to crack a tooth, the resulting damage can often be severe. If the tooth is cleaved into two, or if the root has been significantly compromised, your dentist, Dr. Christina Sehy VerSchave, might recommend completely extracting the tooth and suturing the gums.

Later, she can help you replace the cracked tooth by installing a dental bridge. A dental bridge in Lakewood, Colorado, is a single piece of dental work that replicates the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused to a pair of crowns on each end that will eventually be anchored on abutments that are formed from the neighboring teeth.

Dr. Christina Sehy VerSchave will form the abutments by using a drill to remove the tooth enamel from the two closest teeth. Then, she will create a detailed impression of the abutments and any other corresponding teeth in your bite pattern. This will be sent to our dental lab where your new bridge will be made.

Then, she will cement hard, plastic, temporary crowns over each abutment to protect them while the lab technician works to produce your new bridge.

Once the lab technician has completed your bridge, Dr. Christina Sehy VerSchave will call you back in for a second appointment. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented into place.

If you have a cracked tooth, you should call Belmar Smiles at 303-935-3574 to seek timely treatment and to prevent further complications.