Your teeth are very hard. In fact, tooth enamel is harder than the densest bones in your body. Unfortunately, there are still times when a hard fall or blow to the face can fracture, crack or shatter a tooth. If the damage is too severe, your Pollary Family Dentistry dentist’s only viable treatment is to extract the broken tooth to prevent pain and further complications.
After your gums have completely healed following the extraction, Dr. Kenneth Pollary can help you understand your tooth-replacement options. One of the most popular methods we recommend is to install a dental bridge.
Usually, it takes two separate appointments for our dental team to completely replace the lost tooth with a dental bridge in Colorado Springs, Colorado. At the first appointment, our team will examine the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are sound.
Then, your dentist will remove the tooth enamel from each tooth, creating a pair of abutments that will later anchor your bridge in place. An impression will be made of the area and it will be sent to the dental lab where your new bridge will be made. At the end of the first appointment, your dentist will secure a hard, plastic, temporary crown over each abutment to protect them.
Once your final bridge is ready, we will call you into our office for a second appointment. This visit will involve your dentist removing the temporary crowns and cementing the permanent bridge in place.
If you have a severely fractured, cracked or broken a tooth, you should call Pollary Family Dentistry at 719-591-0750 to seek immediate treatment.