It’s estimated that significant dental trauma befalls nearly five million people each year. In many cases where a tooth is knocked out, shattered, or broken at the gumline, the damage might be too severe for a highly trained dentist to treat it with endodontic therapy.
In a case this severe, our team will likely need to extract whatever remains of the tooth’s root. Then we will suture your gums and provide you with a prescription for some form of pain medication. This will improve your comfort while your gums and other traumatized tissues heal.
When you are ready, Dr. Lonnie Anderson can help you understand the dental restoration options offered by him and our professionals. This might include recommending a dental bridge to fully replace the missing tooth.
If you choose this option, we will start by examining the two teeth adjacent to the void to make sure they are healthy and strong. Then we will use a dental drill to remove the tooth enamel layer from each of them. This will leave behind a pair of abutments that will eventually anchor the dental bridge in your mouth.
An impression will be created of the area which will be sent to Dr. Lonnie Anderson’s professional dental lab. This will serve as a guide for the technicians who will create the dental bridge. You will need to return for a second appointment when your dental bridge is ready. Once the dental bridge is cemented in place, it will fully restore the tooth and its basic function in your mouth.
If you live in the Juneau, Alaska, area and you have suffered a severe dental trauma, you should call 907-789-2066 to seek emergency dental care at Lonnie A. Anderson, DDS.