A Shattered Tooth Might Need to Be Replaced with a Dental Bridge

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A hard blow to the face from a household accident, automotive collision, or sports injury can sometimes cause severe dental trauma. When a tooth is cracked, shattered, or severely fractured Dr. Paul Best might be able to restore it with endodontic therapy.

If the dental trauma has also traumatized the underlying periodontal tissues, Dr. Paul Best might recommend extracting the remnants of the tooth. A prescription pain medication can then help you remain comfortable while your traumatized gums heal.

When you’re ready, Dr. Paul Best can help you understand the dental restorations available at Prosthodontics Associates, P.A. One of the most effective options is to replace the missing tooth with a dental bridge. This is a single piece of dental work that replicates the full function and appearance of the lost tooth. It includes a crown on each end to anchored on abutments formed out of the two teeth neighboring the void.

Once the abutments have been prepared, Dr. Paul Best will prepare a careful impression of the area including the corresponding teeth in your bite pattern. This will serve as a guide for the dental technicians tasked with creating your dental bridge.

When it’s ready, Dr. Paul Best will cement it onto the two abutments with a strong dental grade adhesive. This will effectively replace the function and appearance of the original tooth. If you live in Portland, Maine, and you have suffered a severe dental trauma, you should call 207-775-6348 to seek treatment at Prosthodontics Associates, P.A.