A Severely Damaged Tooth Might Need to Be Extracted and Replaced with a Bridge

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Your tooth enamel is an incredibly hard biological substance that is designed to give your teeth the strength to bite and chew hard foods. However, there are also times when a hard blow or other oral trauma can carry enough force to crack the tooth enamel. If the internal structures of the tooth have only been modestly damaged, your dentists, Dr. Lambrecht and Dr. West, might be able to treat and restore the tooth with a root canal. If the damage is severe, they might recommend extracting the tooth and replacing it with a dental bridge.

A dental bridge in Orangeburg, South Carolina, is single piece of dental work that replicates the full function and appearance of the broken tooth. The replacement tooth is fused to a pair of crowns that are anchored on abutments that are formed out of the two neighboring teeth.

Drs. Lambrecht and West will then use a drill to remove the tooth enamel from each tooth to form a pair of post-like abutments. This creates a small, protective sheath of dentin that houses the healthy pulp, root, and nerve of each tooth.

A detailed impression will be made of the abutments as well as any other corresponding teeth. This will be sent to a dental lab to help guide the technicians as they produce your new bridge. Hard, plastic caps, which are called temporary crowns, are then secured over each abutment to protect them.

When your new bridge is ready, a member of our staff will call you to schedule a second appointment. The bridge will then be cemented onto the abutments with a strong dental adhesive.

If you are suffering with a damaged, cracked or badly fractured tooth, you should not delay in calling 803-534-1020 to have it treated at Orangeburg Dental Associates.