Even though your natural tooth enamel is very hard there are some rare situations where a hard fall or a blow to the face can severely fracture a tooth. In a situation like this Dr. Doris Madrigal may recommend having the cracked tooth extracted and restored with a bridge.
After your gums have completely healed we can start the process of fitting you for a bridge. This is 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.
They 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 permanent bridge will be made.
Hard plastic temporary crowns are then cemented over each abutment to protect it, while you await completion of the bridge.
We will call you to schedule a brief second appointment when the bridge is read. Our dentist will remove the temporary crowns and cement your permanent bridge in place over the abutments.
If you have a severely cracked, or damaged tooth, you should call DM Family Dentistry’s clinic in Round Lake Beach, Illinois at 847-740-8827 to have it treated and repaired.