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The force needed to knock a tooth out often causes so much trauma that your dentist, Dr. Christina Sehy VerSchave, cannot save it. The root and any remnants of the tooth need to be extracted to treat the pain and prevent a future infection. Once your gums have healed, she might recommend replacing the knocked-out tooth with a dental bridge in Lakewood, Colorado.

In time, your gums will completely heal and your dentist can start the process of fully replacing the tooth with a dental bridge. This is basically an artificial tooth that mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused into a base that has a hollow crown at each end. It is anchored in place by abutments that are formed out of the core of the two closest teeth.

The dentist will form the two abutments by removing the enamel layer of each tooth. The abutment left behind is essentially the dentin layer of each tooth that surrounds the pulp and root.

We will make a detailed impression of the area and the corresponding teeth in your bite pattern. This will be sent to a professional dental lab where your new bridge will be custom crafted. Temporary crowns made from hard plastic are then secured over each abutment to protect it while you await the completion of the bridge.

We will call you to schedule a brief second appointment when the bridge is ready. Your dentist will remove the temporary crowns and cement your new bridge in place over the abutments.

If you’ve just had one of your teeth knocked out, you should call 303-935-3574 to seek immediate treatment at Belmar Smiles.