In some extreme cases, it is possible for a hard fall or blow to the face to knock one of your teeth out of its socket. When this happens, there are usually some remnants deep in the gums that your dentist needs to extract to prevent pain and further complications.
In a case like this, we often recommend restoring the knocked-out tooth with a dental bridge. A dental bridge in Forsyth, Georgia, 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 that are formed by the two closest neighboring teeth.
Your Forsyth Dental Center dentist needs two separate appointments to completely install a new bridge. During the first appointment, the dentist will examine the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are completely healthy. Then, Dr. Clell M. Morris will use a drill to remove the majority of the enamel layer on each tooth. This will create 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 technicians when they are custom making your final bridge. Once this is done, hard, plastic, temporary crowns are secured over each abutment to protect them.
Later, we will call you to schedule your second appointment when the dental lab technician has completed your new bridge. During this visit, the temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented into place.
If one of your teeth has just been knocked out, you should call Forsyth Dental Center at (478) 994-0440 for timely treatment.