Replacing a Knocked-Out Tooth With a Bridge

Posted May 19, 2016.

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 your dentist might still need to completely extract it.

After the extraction, it will take a little while for your gums to heal. Once they are fully healed Agape Dentist can completely restore the function and appearance of the tooth by installing a bridge.

A bridge essentially mimics the function of a natural tooth. It is fused to a pair of crowns, that are anchored on abutments formed from the neighboring teeth.

Dr. Ghada S. Massabni will prepare the abutments by using a drill to remove the majority of enamel from the two closest teeth. A small amount of enamel is left to protect the healthy interior of the teeth. Then she will form an impression of the abutments, as well as the void and the nearby teeth. The impression is sent to a dental lab where your permanent bridge will be made. In the interim, temporary crowns are cemented over each abutment to protect them.

You will be called in for a brief second appointment, once Agape Dentist has the permanent bridge back from the dental lab. The temporary crowns are removed and your new bridge is cemented in place.

If one of your teeth has just been knocked out and you would like to explore your treatment and restoration options, please call Agape Dentist at phone to set up an appointment.