When a tooth is avulsed, or knocked out of the socket, the tooth itself is rarely whole. In most of these cases, the tooth is shattered or broken off at the gumline. In a case this severe, the trauma often results in the total loss of the tooth. To reduce the pain and prevent further complications, your dentists, Dr. Jones and Dr. Buck, might recommend that the remnants of the tooth be extracted from the socket.
Once your gums have healed, they might recommend installing a dental bridge to replace the tooth’s presence in your mouth. A dental bridge in Dallas, Texas, is essentially two crowns fused together with a third representative tooth in the middle. It is mounted on a pair of abutments that are formed by the two closest neighboring teeth.
This restoration strategy is often a two-stage process. The first step involves preparing the area for the bridge. Your dentists will examine the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are completely healthy.
Next, they will use a drill to remove the tooth enamel from each tooth. This creates a pair of abutments that will later anchor your bridge.
A detailed impression will be made of the area, which will be sent to our dental lab. This will serve as a guide for the technicians when custom making your final bridge. Once this is done, a temporary crown will be secured over each abutment to protect them.
We will call you to schedule your second appointment when the dental lab technicians have completed your new bridge. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented onto the abutments with a strong dental adhesive.
If you’ve had a tooth knocked out of a socket, you should call 214.824.2130 to seek immediate treatment at our office.