Certain situations can traumatize or damage a tooth so much it might require Dr. Allan Stevenson to extract the tooth, then install a bridge later once the gums have healed.
A bridge 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 crown at each end. It will eventually be anchored onto abutments formed from the two neighboring teeth.
Dr. Allan Stevenson will form the two abutments by removing the enamel from each tooth. The abutment will contain the dentin layer surrounding the healthy pulp and root of the tooth. This is what will be protected by the crown.
He will then form a detailed impression of the two abutments, and the corresponding teeth. This will be sent to a state or the art dental lab where your permanent bridge will be custom crafted to fill the void.
At the end of the appointment they will secure a hard plastic temporary crown over each abutment to protect it, while the dental lab does their work.
When the bridge is ready, Dr. Stevenson will call you in for a short follow-up appointment. The temporary crowns are removed and they will cement your permanent bridge in place.
If you have a severely fractured or damaged tooth, you should call Trailridge Family Dental in Parma, Idaho at 208.806.0765 to explore your treatment and restoration options.