A Bridge Restoration Can Be Used to Replace a Tooth That Has Been Knocked Out

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Your teeth are anchored in their sockets by very strong periodontal ligaments. As strong as they are, it is still possible for a very hard blow to the face to sever them or even fracture the tooth out of the socket. When this happens, the tooth is often so badly damaged that your dentist, Dr. Catalina Cruz Johnson, must extract the remaining pieces of the root and suture the socket closed.

After your gums have completely healed, he can fully replace the knocked-out tooth with a dental bridge. A dental bridge in Houston, Texas, is basically an artificial tooth that mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused into one single piece of dental work with a hollow crown on each side. It is anchored in place by abutments that are formed out of the core of the two closest teeth.

Your 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 surrounding the pulp and root.

Your dentist will then create 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 meticulously crafted. Temporary crowns made from hard plastic will then be 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 have suffered a knocked-out tooth, you should not delay in calling 713-861-8323 to seek immediate treatment at Dentists at Memorial Park.