Your teeth have been designed to be durable enough to bite, chew, and grind common foods. If a blow to the face or other oral trauma carries enough force, it can shatter or severely damage a tooth. Sometimes the damage can be so severe that your dentist’s only viable course of action is to extract the tooth. This can relieve much of the immediate pain and prepare the area for a dental bridge.
A dental bridge in Juneau, Alaska, is single piece of dental work that replicates the full function and appearance of the broken tooth. It is fused to a pair of crowns that are anchored on abutments that are formed out of the two neighboring teeth.
Your dentist will then use a drill to remove the tooth enamel from each tooth to form a pair of post-like abutments. 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 them.
Your dentist will then make an impression of the abutments and the corresponding teeth in your bite. This will be sent to our dental lab to help guide the technicians as they produce your new bridge.
When your new bridge is ready, a member of our staff will call you to schedule a follow-up appointment. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented into place.
If you have a shattered or severely damaged tooth, you should not delay in calling 907-789-2066 to seek treatment at Lonnie A. Anderson, DDS.