While it is rare, there are times when a severe oral trauma, like a blow to the face, can cause a serious dental fracture on a tooth. This is even more likely to befall you if you participate in contact sports or other rigorous activities without the protection of a quality mouthguard.
Sometimes a severe dental fracture can be treated at Johnson Dentistry with a root canal. In an extreme case where the root or dental socket is badly damaged, Dr. John A. Johnson Jr. might suggest a total tooth extraction. This will prevent a dangerous infection from forming in the area and allow the traumatized tissues to heal.
When you’re ready, Dr. John A. Johnson Jr. might recommend restoring the tooth with a dental bridge. This is basically an artificial tooth that mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused into a single piece of dental work with a hollow crown at each end. It will eventually be anchored onto abutments that are formed out of the core of the two closest teeth.
Dr. John A. Johnson Jr. 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.
We will then cast a detailed impression of the area and the corresponding teeth in your bite pattern. This will be sent to a professional dental lab where your new bridge will be made. Temporary crowns will then be cemented over each abutment to protect them until your new bridge is ready.
Dr. John A. Johnson Jr. will call you to schedule a brief second appointment when the bridge is ready. Your dentist will remove the temporary crowns and cement your new bridge into place over the abutments.