Dental emergencies are almost always a serious cause for concern. One of the more extreme dental emergencies is suffering a broken tooth from a hard fall or blow to the face. In some extreme cases the damage to the tooth might be so severe, that Dr. Bryce E. Justesen recommends extracting the tooth. Once your gums have healed he can help you explore your restoration options. One of the most common ways of replacing a broken or lost tooth is by installing a bridge.
A bridge is essentially an artificial tooth that is fused onto two crowns. The bridge will be mounted onto abutments formed out of the two closest teeth. Once your gums are healed it often requires two separate procedures.
The initial procedure involves Dr. Bryce E. Justesen examining the two closest teeth to ensure they are healthy and strong enough to anchor the bridge. Next, he will use a drill to remove most of the enamel layer of each tooth, forming two post-like abutments. These abutments will later serve to anchor the bridge in your mouth.
An impression is made of the area, which will be sent to a dental lab to serve a guide to help them custom make your new bridge. Dr. Bryce E. Justesen will then cement a temporary crown atop each abutment to keep it safe while you wait for your permanent crown to be done.
Dr. Bryce E. Justesen will schedule your second session once the completed bridge comes back from the dental lab. The temporary crowns will be removed and your permanent bridge will be secured in place on the abutments.
If you have a broken tooth, you should call Dr. Bryce E. Justesen immediately at 480.827.1234 to schedule an appointment.