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While it’s rare, there are times when a very hard blow to the face can carry so much force that it cracks, severely fractures, or shatters a tooth. When this happens, the trauma can result in a severely damaged tooth or socket and Dr. Jorge de la Osa’s only viable course of treatment is to extract the tooth and suture the gums.

When you’re ready, your dentist might recommend replacing the cracked tooth with a dental bridge. For all intents and purposes, a dental bridge in Commerce, California, is two crowns fused together with a third representative tooth in the middle. It is mounted on a pair of abutments that are formed by the two closest neighboring teeth.

It often takes two separate appointments to completely install a bridge. During the first appointment, your dentist will examine the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are completely healthy.

Then, he will use a drill to remove the tooth enamel from each of the closest neighboring teeth. This creates a pair of abutments that will later anchor your bridge.

An impression will be cast of the area, which will be sent to our dental lab. This will serve as a guide for the technicians when custom making your final bridge. Then, the dentist will secure temporary crowns over each abutment to protect them.

When completed, we will call you back into our office to cement your new bridge into place. With the proper care and cleaning, this should fully replace the old tooth for many years.

If you have a cracked, severely fractured or otherwise damaged tooth, you should not delay in calling 323.266.2120 to seek immediate treatment at Sunshine Dental Group.