Contact sports and rigorous athletic activities carry the risk of bodily harm and dental injury. Your chances of oral trauma are only heightened by lax attention to the use of a quality mouthguard. If a hard blow to the face carries enough force to knock one of your teeth from its socket, the trauma may be so severe that the tooth cannot viably be saved by a root canal.
To relieve on-going pain and prevent a dangerous infection from developing in the traumatized socket, Dr. Andrew Atwood might recommend extracting the dental remnants from the socket and suturing the gums. This can help prepare the area for dental restoration with a bridge.
When you’re ready, Dr. Andrew Atwood can help you understand your dental restoration options. One of the easiest and most effective ways to replace the knocked-out tooth is with a dental bridge. This is a single solid piece of dental work that is essentially two crowns fused together with a false tooth in the middle that mimics the knocked-out tooth. It is mounted on a pair of abutments that are formed by the two closest neighboring teeth.
It typically requires two separate appointments to install a dental bridge restoration. During the first appointment, your dentist will examine the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are completely healthy. Dr. Andrew Atwood will then use a drill to remove the tooth enamel from the two closest teeth. This creates a pair of abutments that will later anchor your bridge.
An impression will be made of the area, which will be sent to our dental lab. This will serve as a guide for the technicians when custom making your final bridge. Once this is done, temporary crowns will be secured over each abutment to protect them.
When your new bridge is ready, you will need to come in for the second appointment to install it. This is a rather straight-forward treatment that involves the temporary crowns being removed and Dr. Andrew Atwood cementing the bridge onto the abutments.
If you live in the Orem, Utah, area and you have suffered a knocked-out tooth, you should call 801-225-1002 to seek immediate treatment at Double Take Dental.