The enamel layer on each of your teeth is very hard. This allows you to chew the foods you eat. However, there are times when an accident, injury, or something as mundane as grinding your teeth at night can cause a severe fracture in one or more of your teeth. Sometimes these fractures can be repaired by fillings or a crown. Unfortunately, there are times when a fractured tooth causes so much damage to the internal pulp and root that Dr. Jamine Rogers must extract it.
If the extracted tooth is not effectively restored, it will slowly cause the surrounding teeth to twist, turn, and slowly move towards the gap. This can easily result in a host of other complications. In a situation like this, our dentist often recommends restoring the tooth with a dental bridge bridge in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
A bridge can effectively restore the full function and appearance of the decayed tooth. It is essentially a replacement tooth that is fused to a pair of crowns, that are anchored the neighboring teeth. The neighboring teeth are also called the abutment teeth.
The process of restoring the tooth with a bridge starts with our dentist preparing the two abutment teeth. This is done by shaping the enamel of the two closest teeth. Next, Dr. Jamine Rogers will make an impression of the abutment teeth and your personal bite pattern. This will be sent to our dental lab where your new bridge is made.
Then temporary crowns are cemented over each abutment tooth to protect them while the dental lab is custom making your permanent bridge.
When the dental lab has completed your permanent bridge, Shoals Smile by Design will call you in for a brief, second appointment The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented in place over the two abutments.
If you have a fractured tooth, especially one that is causing you pain or other complications, you need to call Shoals Smile by Design as soon as possible at 256-314-0676 to set up an appointment.