It’s not unheard of for a hard fall or a blow to the face to knock out one or more of your teeth. Sometimes, if a tooth is knocked out cleanly, our dentists may be able to implant it back into the socket. The vast majority of the time fragments of the tooth remain in the socket and must be extracted. This ultimately results in the total loss of the tooth.
In a case like this, we often recommend restoring the knocked-out tooth with a bridge. A dental bridge is essentially two crowns fused together with a third representative tooth corresponding to the lost tooth. It is mounted on a pair of abutments formed by the two closest neighboring teeth.
Dr. David Borgmeyer and Dr. Augustine Borgmeyer generally require two separate appointments to completely place a permanent bridge. During the first appointment we will examine the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are completely healthy. We will use a drill to remove the majority of the enamel layer of each tooth. This creates a pair of abutments that will later serve to anchor your bridge.
A detailed impression is made of the area which will be sent to our dental lab. This will serve as a guide for them when custom-making your final bridge. Once this is done, hard plastic temporary crowns are secured over each abutment to protect them. We will call you to schedule your second appointment when the dental lab has completed your permanent bridge. The temporary crowns will be removed and your permanent bridge will be cemented in place.
If one of your teeth has just been knocked out, please call our Borgmeyer Dental team in St Louis, Missouri, at 314-351-6554 for fast and effective treatment. Later we can help you understand the full range of your restoration options!