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Unfortunately, there are times when an accident, hard fall or blow to the face can actually knock one or more of your teeth out of the socket in your gums. In rare cases, the tooth is knocked out whole and might be successfully implanted back into the socket. However, most of the time remnants of the tooth break off in the socket, essentially killing the tooth and requiring extraction.

In a case like this Dr. Ernesto Prida might recommend having the knocked out tooth replaced with a bridge.

A bridge is basically a false tooth that is fused onto two crowns. The bridge will be mounted onto abutments formed out of the two closest teeth. Once your gums are healed it often requires two separate procedures.

At the first procedure, Dr. Ernesto Prida will examine the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are healthy and strong enough to anchor the bridge. Then he will remove most of the enamel layer from each tooth forming the abutments.

Dr. Ernesto Prida will then create an impression of the area, including the abutments and your personal bite pattern in that area. This information will be used as a guide by the dental lab that will custom make your bridge. Then he will secure temporary crowns over each abutment to protect them.

Dr. Ernesto Prida will call you back in for a brief follow up appointment when your custom bridge returns from the dental lab. The temporary crowns will be removed and your permanent bridge is cemented in place.

If you have just had one of your teeth knocked out and you would like to explore your restoration options, you should call Dr. Ernesto Prida at 214-613-1500 as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.