The enamel layer of your teeth is very hard and extremely durable, yet there are times when a fall or blow to the face can actually crack one of your teeth. This is even more likely if you participate in contact sports without the protection of a mouth guard.
Many cases of a cracked tooth, result in such significant damage to the internal structures of the tooth, that even a root canal can’t save it. When this happens, we might need to extract the tooth.
Once your gums have healed, we will often recommend restoring your smile with a bridge. For all intents and purposes, this is two crowns fused together with a third representative tooth in the middle. It is mounted on a pair of abutments formed by the two closest neighboring teeth.
It often takes two separate appointments to completely install a bridge. During the first appointment, your dentist examines the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are completely healthy.
Then they will then use a drill to remove the majority of the enamel layer each tooth. This creates a pair of abutments that will later serve to anchor your bridge.
An impression is cast of the area, which will be sent to our dental lab. This will serve as a guide for them when custom making your final bridge. Once this is done, hard, plastic, temporary crowns are secured over each abutment to protect them.
Later, we will call you to schedule your second appointment when the dental lab has completed your permanent bridge. The temporary crowns will be removed and your permanent bridge will be cemented in place.
If you have a cracked or broken tooth, you should not delay in contacting our office at 210-526-0925 for immediate treatment today!