An accident or injury can sometimes knock a tooth out of its socket. In many of these cases the damage to the tooth and the socket structure is so severe that it cannot be treated by endodontic therapy.
In a situation like this Dr. Douglas A Deam will suture your gums and prescribe some pain management medication. This will help you remain comfortable during the recovery process.
Once your gums have healed Dr. Deam will talk with you about restoration options. One effective method for quickly restoring the tooth is a dental bridge.
This solid piece of dental work is essentially two crowns fused together with a solid artificial tooth in the middle to replace the missing tooth. It is mounted on a pair of abutments formed by the two closest neighboring teeth.
This typically requires two separate appointment. At your first session the doctor will perform a thorough examination of the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are completely healthy. Then he will use a special drill to remove the tooth enamel from these teeth. This creates a pair of abutments that will later serve to anchor your dental bridge.
An impression will then be made of the area. It will be sent to a professional dental lab to guide dental technicians in creating your dental bridge.
When it’s ready, you will need to come in for the second appointment to install your dental bridge. This is a relatively brief session where the temporary crowns are removed and Dr. Deam cements the dental bridge directly onto the abutments.
If you live in the Coral Gables, Florida, area and you have lost a tooth, you should call 305-443-4713 to seek immediate treatment at Douglas A. Deam, DMD, PA.