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There are some rare instances when an oral trauma can fracture a tooth. Minor to modest dental fractures can often be treated by a dental filling, a dental crown, or a root canal. There are some times when damage to the root or the anchoring socket can be so severe that the tooth cannot be saved by endodontic treatment.

In a case this severe, Dr. Shelly Galvin might recommend extracting the tooth. This will prevent a dangerous infection from forming in the area and it will allow the traumatized tissues to heal.

When you’re ready to restore the tooth’s presence in your mouth, she might recommend a dental bridge. This is basically an artificial tooth that mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused to a hollow crown at each end. It will eventually be anchored onto abutments that are formed out of the core of the two closest teeth.

Your dentists will create the two abutments by removing the enamel layer of each tooth. The abutment left behind is essentially the dentin layer of each tooth surrounding the pulp and root.

A detailed impression will be made of the area and the corresponding teeth in your bite pattern. This will be sent to a professional dental lab where your new bridge will be made. A temporary crown will then be cemented over each abutment to protect them until your new bridge is ready.

We will call you to schedule a brief second appointment when the bridge has been created. Your dentist will remove the temporary crowns and cement your new bridge onto the abutments with a strong dental adhesive.

If you live in the Kansas City, Kansas, area and you have suffered a dental fracture, you should call 913-432-0765 to have it treated at Westwood Dental.