If a Tooth Breaks Off, It Might Need to Be Extracted and Restored by a Bridge

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While it is extremely rare, there are times when a dental accident or blow to the face can break off a tooth or crown abutment at the gumline. In some cases, your dentists, Dr. Bryan and Dr. Davis, can treat the problem with a root canal. However, if the trauma to the root or socket is significant, they might recommend extracting the remnants of the tooth and suturing your gums. This will effectively help treat the pain, prevent infection, and prepare the site for an eventual dental bridge restoration.

A dental bridge in Medford, Oregon, is single piece of dental work that replicates the full function and appearance of the broken tooth. The replacement tooth is fused to a pair of crowns that are anchored on abutments that are formed out of the two neighboring teeth.

Dr. Bryan and Dr. Davis will start by using a drill to remove the tooth enamel from each tooth to form a pair of post-like abutments. This creates a small, protective sheath that houses the healthy pulp, root and nerve of each tooth.

Then, they will create a detailed impression of the abutments and the other corresponding teeth. This will be sent to a dental lab to help guide the technicians as they produce your new bridge.

Dr. Bryan and Dr. Davis will call you to schedule a second appointment when your new crown is ready. It will then be cemented directly onto the two abutments with a strong dental adhesive.

If you have a tooth or crown that has broken off, you should not delay in calling 541-779-3993 to seek immediate treatment at Northwest Dental Associates.