It’s not unheard-of for a hard fall or a blow to the face to knock out one of your teeth. Sometimes if the tooth is knocked out cleanly, Dr. Dr. Greg Mann and Dr. Ross Owens can implant it back into the socket. Unfortunately, most of the time fragments of the tooth remain in the gums and have to be extracted, thus resulting in the total loss of the tooth.
In a situation like this, Dr. Dr. Greg Mann and Dr. Ross Owens may recommend restoring the knocked out tooth with a bridge. A dental bridge is essentially two crowns fused together with a third representative tooth corresponding to the lost tooth. It is mounted on a pair of abutments formed by the two closest neighboring teeth.
It typically requires two appointments for Dr. Dr. Greg Mann and Dr. Ross Owens to completely restore the lost tooth with a bridge. At the first appointment, they examines the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are sound. Then, Dr. Dr. Greg Mann and Dr. Ross Owens removes the majority of the enamel layer of each tooth, creating a pair of abutments that will later anchor your bridge in place. Then they will then take an impression of the area which is sent to a dental lab that custom makes your new bridge. At the end of the first appointment, Dr. Dr. Greg Mann and Dr. Ross Owens secures a hard plastic temporary crown over each abutment to protect them.
We will schedule your second appointment once the dental lab has completed your permanent bridge. At this appointment, they will remove the temporary crowns and cement the permanent bridge in place.
If you have a tooth that was recently knocked out or damaged, you should call Durango Dentistry at 970.259.1646 to schedule an appointment.