Replacing a Knocked Out Tooth with a Bridge

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Sometimes a blow to the face, or a hard fall can actually knock one of your teeth out of the socket. This is even more likely if you participate in contact sports or other vigorous activities without proper protection from a mouth guard. Even if some of the tooth remains in the socket Dr. Paul Tetting might still need to completely extract it.
When a tooth is knocked out or extracted it can seriously compromise your ability to chew food, affect the appearance of your smile and in time could cause alignment issues. If the structure of the knocked out tooth is not restored it can cause the surrounding teeth to twist and shift to try to fill the void.
In a situation like this Dr. Paul Tetting can effectively restore the form, function, structure and appearance of a knocked out tooth by installing a bridge into the void. A bridge basically mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It will eventually be anchored into place by a pair of crowns, cemented on abutments formed out of the two closest teeth.
Dr. Paul Tetting will form the abutments by removing a large amount of enamel from each of the neighboring teeth. A little enamel is left to protect the healthy interior of the teeth.
Dr. Paul Tetting will then form an impression of the area. This will be used as a guide for the dental lab that makes your new bridge. Temporary crowns, are then cemented over each abutment to protect them during the interim.
Dr. Paul Tetting will call you back in for a brief second appointment to install the bridge. The temporary crowns are removed and your dentist will cement the permanent bridge in place.
If you had a tooth knocked out and you would like to explore your restoration options, please call Dr. Paul Tetting at 920-739-9612 to schedule an appointment.