A series of strong periodontal ligaments anchor your teeth in their sockets. Even though they are very strong, it is possible for an accident or a blow to the face to cause so much trauma that one of your teeth is completely knocked out. When this happens, the chances of successfully implanting the tooth back into the socket are very low.
In a case like this, your dentist, Dr. Alberto A. Herrero, will often recommend having the knocked-out tooth completely replaced by a dental bridge. A dental bridge in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is essentially a single piece of dental work that replicates the function and appearance of the knocked-out tooth.
To form the two abutments that anchor the bridge, Dr. Alberto A. Herrero will use a drill to remove the tooth enamel from each tooth. This creates a small protective sheath that houses the healthy pulp, root, and nerve of each tooth. Temporary crowns will then be secured over each abutment to protect it.
Dr. Alberto A. Herrero will then cast a detailed impression of the abutments and the other teeth related in your bite. This will be sent to a dental lab to help guide the technicians as they produce your new bridge.
A member of our staff will call you to schedule a follow-up appointment when your new bridge returns from the dental lab. During this appointment, the temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented into place.
If one of your teeth has been knocked out, you should not delay in contacting Alberto A. Herrero, DDS at 734-222-9140 for immediate treatment.