Each of the teeth in your mouth is anchored into the socket by a series of periodontal ligaments. Unfortunately, there are rare instances when a blow to the face or an accidental hard fall, can actually knock one of your teeth out.
If a tooth is complete and still alive, a Great Grins dentist might be able to implant it back into the socket. However, this is a rare situation. More often than not a knocked out tooth is too damaged to survive implantation back in the socket. In a case like this, we often recommend extracting any remnants of the tooth from the socket and suturing your gums.
Once your gums have healed, the Great Grins’s team of dental professionals can begin the process of restoring the knocked out tooth by installing a bridge. This effectively mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused to a pair of crowns, which are anchored on abutments formed from the neighboring teeth.
Your dentist will form the abutments by removing most of the enamel from the two closest teeth. Then they will make an impression of the abutments as well as the void and any other corresponding teeth in your bite. This will be sent to a professional dental lab where your new bridge is made.
Temporary crowns will be secured over each abutment to protect them while you await completion of your final bridge.
We will call you back in for a brief follow-up appointment when your bridge comes back from the dental lab. The temporary crowns will be removed and your dentist will cement your new bridge in place.
If one of your teeth has recently been knocked out, you should not delay in contacting Great Grins’s office in Richmond, Kentucky at 859-626-9339 to seek treatment and restoration.