It is possible in extreme situations for a hard fall or blow to the face to impart enough force to sever the periodontal ligaments anchoring your teeth into the socket. In many of these cases remnants of the tooth linger in the socket and the tooth essentially cannot be implanted back into the socket. The remains of the root must be extracted and the gums given time to heal.
After your gums have healed Dr. Jeff Jones might recommend having the tooth restored by installing a bridge. A bridge is a single piece of dental work that looks similar to a series of three crowns that have been fused together into one single unit.
To form the foundation of the bridge Dr. Jeff Jones creates abutments from surrounding teeth. To do this, he needs to remove the enamel layer from each of the teeth. The abutments look like little posts and will later serve to anchor your bridge in place.
At the end of this first appointment Dr. Jeff Jones will make an impression of the abutments and corresponding teeth in your bite pattern. Then he will cover the abutments with hard plastic temporary crowns. The impression is sent to a dental lab as a guide, while they create your permanent bridge.
When the dental lab has completed your new bridge, Dr. Jeff Jones will call you back in for a second appointment to remove the temporary crowns and cement your new bridge in place.
If you have just had one of your teeth knocked out and you would like to explore your restoration options, you should call Dr. Jeff Jones at 214-824-2130 as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.