Your tooth enamel is technically harder than bone. Despite its durability, there are rare instances when a hard fall or blow to the face can actually crack or shatter a tooth. This is often a traumatic experience that requires timely first aid and treatment. In many cases, the damage is so severe that Dr. Nidal Obeid needs to extract the tooth.
In time, your gums will heal and your dentist can start the process of fitting you for a dental bridge. A dental bridge in Chicago, Illinois, is basically an artificial tooth that mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused into a single piece of dental work with a hollow crown at each end. It will eventually anchor onto abutments that are formed out of the core of the two closest teeth.
Your dentist will create the two abutments by removing the enamel layer of each tooth. The abutment left behind is essentially the dentin layer, the pulp and the root.
A detailed impression will be made of the area and the corresponding teeth in your bite pattern. This will be sent to the professional dental lab where your new bridge will be made. Temporary crowns will then be cemented over each abutment to protect them until your new bridge is ready.
We will call you to schedule a brief second appointment when the bridge is ready. Your dentist will remove the temporary crowns during this appointment and cement your new bridge over the abutments.
If you have a severely cracked or damaged tooth, you should call Family Dental of Roscoe at (773) 327-6500 to have it treated and repaired.