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While it is rare, there are times when an accidental fall or hard blow to the face can cause significant damage to one of your teeth. This is even more likely to happen if you participate in contact sports without wearing a quality mouthguard. Sometimes this damage can be so severe that the cracked or deeply fractured tooth cannot be saved, even by a root canal.

In a situation like this, your dentist, Dr. Ernesto Prida, might need to extract the tooth and suture the gums to ease the pain and prevent further complications.

When your gums have healed he might recommend a dental bridge to replace the missing tooth. This is a single piece of dental work that essentially replicates the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused to a pair of crowns on each end that will eventually be anchored on abutments that are formed from the neighboring teeth.

Dr. Ernesto Prida will form the abutments by using a drill to remove the tooth enamel from the two closest teeth. Then, he will create a detailed impression of the abutments and any other corresponding teeth in your bite pattern This will be sent to our dental lab where your new bridge will be made.

Dr. Ernesto Prida will then secure a temporary crown over each abutment to protect it while the dental lab technician works to produce your new bridge.

When your bridge is ready, Dr. Ernesto Prida will call you back in for a second appointment. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented into place with a strong dental adhesive.

If you have a badly damaged tooth, you should call 214-613-1500 to have it treated and restored at Stone Lodge Dental.