Dental Trauma Can Be Addressed with a Dental Bridge
Posted on February 27th, 2018
Each tooth has a strong root and periodontal ligaments to keep it in place, but these structures can be weakened if you experience a blow to the face strong enough to knock a tooth from your mouth. A knocked-out tooth may require the placement of a dental bridge in order to restore the look and function of your smile.
In some cases of dental emergency, we can place the tooth back in the socket, but when the trauma is very severe, the tooth may be beyond preservation and the tooth root and any remnants of the tooth may need to be removed. This can be done to reduce pain and prevent your smile from suffering additional oral health complications.
Following any healing in your mouth a custom-made dental bridge can be made to replace the missing tooth. A dental bridge is a dental restoration appliance that cements a false tooth between two dental crowns that attach to abutments. The abutments are the neighboring teeth on each side of the gap that have their tooth enamel layer removed so that what is left is a protective sheath that covers the nerve, pulp and tooth root and can effectively anchor the dental bridge. To keep the abutments protected while the dental bridge is made, we can cover them with temporary dental crowns.
After the creation of the abutments, we can submit a detailed impression of these teeth, the tooth gap and any other relevant teeth for skilled technicians at the dental lab to use as an effective guide in creating your permanent dental bridge. Then, at your follow-up appointment at our office, we remove the temporary crowns and place your dental bridge on the corresponding abutments to secure the dental restoration.
Following the loss of a tooth, please contact McKay Center for Cosmetic and General Dentistry at to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Daniel McKay, DDS, to determine if your tooth loss requires a dental bridge in Seattle, Washington.
Written by Daniel McKay, DDS
Dr. McKay is the dentist for the Seattle University athletics department. He is also a proud fellow of the International Dental Implant Association. Since 1993, Dr. McKay has established himself as one of the finest dentists in Seattle with praise from his patients and respect from his colleagues.