A deeply fractured or broken tooth can be a serious cause for concern. The pain that often comes with a severely damaged tooth requires immediate attention. Should the damage prove too severe, Drs. Doris Madrigal might advise having the tooth extracted.
Once your gums have healed we can restore the broken and extracted tooth with a bridge. A bridge is essentially a solid crown fused on each end to a pair of standard crowns to form a single piece of dental work. To anchor the bridge in place, your dentist will first need to form two abutments out of the two neighboring teeth.
To form the abutments, your dentist will remove the majority of enamel layer of each tooth, leaving a post-like structure that surrounds the dentin and pulp of each tooth. Your dentist will then form an impression of the abutments and the corresponding teeth in your bite pattern.
Temporary crowns will then be secured over each abutment to protect them while a dental lab produces your permanent bridge.
We will call you back in for a brief second appointment when your bridge is ready. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge is cemented in place over the abutments.
If you have a broken or damaged tooth, you should call DM Family Dentistry at 773.252.5757 to schedule an appointment.