It’s not unheard of for something like a blow to the face or a hard fall to crack or severely fracture one of your teeth. Sometimes the damage to the tooth is so extensive that it simply cannot be saved, even with a root canal. In a situation like this, Dr. Carol Halloran will often recommend that the cracked or fractured tooth be completely extracted. Once your gums have completely healed, she can then restore the tooth with a bridge.
A bridge basically 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.
At your first appointment, Dr. Carol Halloran will form the abutments by removing the majority of enamel from each of the neighboring teeth. A small amount of enamel is left to protect the healthy interior of the teeth.
Dr. Carol Halloran will then take an impression of the abutments, the void, and your personal bite pattern. This will be used as a guide for the dental lab that makes your new bridge. Temporary crowns are then cemented over each abutment to protect them during the interim.
Dr. Carol Halloran will call you in for a brief second appointment when the dental lab has completed your bridge. The temporary crowns are removed, and your dentist will cement the permanent bridge in place.
If you have a severely cracked or fractured tooth, or a tooth that has recently been extracted, you should call Dr. Carol Halloran at 319.291.3908 to explore your restoration options.