Having a tooth knocked out by a blow to the face is often so severe that the tooth is shattered or otherwise broken to the point it cannot be saved. In order to treat the pain and prevent future infection, your dentist, Dr. Steve Hong & Dennis Fee, might need to extract the tooth and suture the gums.
Once your gums have healed, our team often recommends replacing the knocked-out tooth by installing a dental bridge. A dental bridge in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is essentially two crowns fused to a false tooth between them. It is mounted on a pair of abutments that are formed by the two closest neighboring teeth.
Our dentist routinely needs two separate appointments to completely install a new bridge. During the first appointment, your dentist will examine the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are completely healthy.
Then, they will 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.
A detailed impression will be made of the area, which will be sent to our dental lab. This will serve as a guide for the technician when custom making your final bridge. Once this is done, hard, plastic, temporary crowns will be secured over each abutment to protect them.
We will call you to schedule your second appointment when the dental lab has completed your new bridge. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented into place during this appointment.
If you’ve just had a tooth knocked out, you should not delay in calling Philadelphia Dental Associates at 215-564-9010 to seek timely treatment.