Even though it is very rare, there are times when a hard fall or blow to the face can have so much force that it shatters or breaks a tooth. This can often result in a serious amount of pain. Oftentimes, the damage to the broken tooth can be so extensive that Dr. Thomas E. Wold must extract it.
Once your gums have completely healed, we can start the process of fitting you for a dental bridge. This appliance basically an artificial tooth that mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused into a single piece of dental work with a hollow crown at each end.
The dentist will need to create the two abutments out of the two neighboring teeth to anchor the bridge. This is done by using a drill to remove the enamel layer of each tooth. The abutment left behind is essentially the dentin layer, the pulp, and the root.
A detailed impression will be made of the area and the corresponding teeth in your bite pattern. This will be sent to the professional dental lab where your new bridge will be made. Temporary crowns made from a hard, plastic material will then be cemented over each abutment to protect them.
We will call you to schedule a brief second appointment when the bridge is ready. Your dentist will remove the temporary crowns and cement your permanent bridge over the abutments during this appointment.
If you have a broken, damaged or shattered tooth, you should call Dr Thomas E. WOLD Dentistry at 541.389.1301 for more information about a dental bridge in Bend, Oregon.