Even though your natural tooth enamel is very hard there are some rare occasions when a hard fall or a blow to the face can severely fracture a tooth. In an extreme situation the fracture might be so severe that it causes significant damage to internal structures of the tooth. This might require Dr. Barron to extract the tooth, then install a bridge later once your gums have healed.
The void created by the missing tooth can do more than simply impair your ability to eat food. As time goes on it can cause the neighboring teeth to twist or even start to migrate towards the void. This can lead to a series of problems, including bite and alignment issues.
A bridge essentially mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused to a pair of crowns, that are anchored on abutments formed from the neighboring teeth.
Your Barron Dentistry dentist 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 the dentist 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 Barron Dentistry has the permanent bridge back from the dental lab. The temporary crowns are removed and your new bridge is cemented in place.
If you have a fractured, damaged, or missing tooth that needs to be restored, you should call Barron Dentistry at 817.732.1626 to schedule an appointment.