While it’s rare, there are times when a hard blow to the face from a sports injury or an unexpected accident can cause a severe dental fracture. If the tooth was broken in half, shattered or breaks off at the gum line, it might not be viable for treatment with a root canal.
In a severe case like this, the dentists at Bullard Family Dentistry’s Bullard, Texas, clinic, might recommend extracting the tooth. This will prevent a dangerous infection from forming in the area, and it will allow the traumatized tissues to heal.
When you’re ready, your Bullard Family Dentistry dentist might recommend restoring the tooth’s presence in your mouth with a bridge. This 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 at each end. It will eventually be anchored onto abutments formed out of the core of the two closest teeth.
Your dentist will create 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.
A detailed impression will be created of the area and the corresponding teeth in your bite pattern. This will be sent to a professional dental lab where your permanent bridge is made. A temporary crown will then be secured over each abutment to protect them until your permanent bridge is ready.
You will need to return to our clinic for a brief second appointment when the bridge is ready. The dentist will remove the temporary crowns and cement your permanent bridge onto the abutments with a strong dental adhesive.
If you live in the Bullard, Texas, area and you have suffered a dental fracture, you should call 903-710-2309 to have it treated at Bullard Family Dentistry’s dental clinic.