Automotive accidents and major athletic injuries can sometimes also cause dental trauma. Sometimes it can impart so much damage that a tooth is cracked or broken off at the gum line. If the dental trauma is too severe to be treated by a root canal, at the dental office of Ximena Velasquez-Pierce in Venice, Florida, we might recommend a total extraction. Afterward, Dr. Ximena Velasquez-Pierce will suture your gums and prescribe some pain management medication.
Once all the gum tissues have knit together comfortably, Dr. Ximena Velasquez-Pierce can help you understand your dental restoration options. One effective method for quickly restoring the knocked-out tooth’s presence in your mouth is to use a bridge.
This is a solid piece of dental work is essentially two crowns fused together with a third solid crown in the middle that mimics the knocked-out tooth. It is mounted on a pair of abutments formed by the two closest neighboring teeth.
A dental bridge typically requires two separate appointments to fully install the bridge in your mouth. The first appointment calls for a thorough examination of the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are completely healthy. Dr. Ximena Velasquez-Pierce will then remove the tooth enamel from the two closest teeth. This creates a pair of abutments that will later serve to anchor your bridge.
An impression will then be made of the area which will be sent to a professional dental lab. This will serve as a guide for them when custom making your final bridge. Then temporary crowns are secured over each abutment to protect them.
When it’s ready, you will need to come in for the second appointment to install your bridge. This is a relatively brief session where the temporary crowns are removed and Dr. Ximena Velasquez-Pierce cements the bridge onto the abutments.
If you live in the Venice, Florida area and have suffered a knocked-out tooth, please call 941-497-4997 to seek immediate treatment. Dr. Ximena Velasquez-Pierce and our team are always ready to help you take care of your dental emergencies.