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A severe oral trauma caused by an accidental fall or hard blow to the face has the potential to also damage a tooth. In an extreme situation, the force could be sufficient enough to cause a severe dental fracture. If the tooth is shattered or cracked in half or if the socket itself has been damaged, the trauma might be so severe that it can’t viably be treated by a root canal.

For a tooth this significantly damaged, Dr. Ernesto Prida might advocate a total dental extraction. When you’re ready, he can help you decide if you want to restore the tooth with a dental implant or a dental bridge. If you aren’t comfortable with the oral surgery required to install a dental implant, he might recommend a standard dental bridge restoration.

This is basically an artificial tooth that mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused into a base that has a hollow crown at each end. It will eventually be anchored onto abutments that are formed out of the core of the two closest teeth.

Dr. Ernesto Prida will form the two abutments by removing the tooth enamel from each tooth. The abutment will contain the dentin layer that surrounds the healthy pulp and root of the tooth. A detailed impression will then be made and sent to a dental lab. The technicians will use it to cast a bridge that replicates the shape and function of all three teeth.

Temporary crowns will be secured over each abutment to protect them while the dental lab technician does their work.

When the bridge is ready, a member of our staff will call you to schedule a second appointment. Dr. Ernesto Prida will remove the temporary crowns and cement your new bridge onto the abutments with a special dental adhesive.

If you live in the McKinney, Texas, area and you have a tooth damaged by oral trauma, you should call 214-613-1500 to schedule an appointment at Stone Lodge Dental.