A very hard fall or a blow to the face during contact sports or activities can sometimes carry enough force to cause a severe dental fracture. The degree of damage to the internal structures of the tooth will determine the most likely course of treatment recommended by Dr. Glen Lockwood.
If a tooth has been severely fractured to the point where the root and socket are not viable for repair with a root canal, he might recommend extracting the tooth.
Once your gums have completely healed, he can use a dental bridge to completely replace the tooth. This is basically an artificial tooth that mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused into a single piece of dental work with a hollow dental crown at each end.
Your dentist will start by creating two abutments out of the two neighboring teeth to anchor the bridge. This is done by using a drill to remove the enamel layer of each tooth. The abutment left behind is essentially the dentin layer of each tooth surrounding the pulp and root.
A detailed impression will be made of the area and the corresponding teeth in your bite pattern. This will be sent to our off-site dental lab where your new bridge will be cast from durable materials. Temporary crowns will then be secured over the abutments to protect them.
We will call you to schedule a brief second appointment once the dental lab technician has completed your bridge. Your dentist will remove the temporary crowns and cement your new bridge onto the two abutments.
If you have suffered a severe dental trauma and you’re interested in a dental bridge in Kenai, Alaska, you should call 907-283-4875 to seek treatment at Kenai Dental Clinic.