When healthy, your tooth enamel is technically stronger than most of your bones. Unfortunately, there are some extreme situations when a hard blow to the face can impart so much force that it severely fractures a tooth. If the pulp or root of the tooth has been significantly damaged, the badly fractured tooth might need to be extracted by your dentist, Dr. Christina Sehy VerSchave, to prevent further pain and complications. Later, she can help replace the tooth with a dental bridge.
A dental bridge in Lakewood, Colorado, is a single piece of dental work that has a replacement tooth that is fused to two hollow crowns on each side. It will eventually be anchored onto abutments that are formed out of the core of the two neighboring teeth.
Your dentist will create the two abutments by removing the enamel layer of each tooth. The abutment left behind is essentially the dentin layer of each tooth surrounding the pulp and root.
Your dentist will then cast 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 made. Temporary crowns will then be cemented over each abutment to protect it until your new bridge is ready.
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 into place over the abutments.
If you have a severely damaged tooth, you should not delay in calling 303-935-3574 to have it treated at Belmar Smiles.