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If you participate in contact sports without a necessary mouth guard, you are at extreme risk of suffering oral trauma. If a blow to the face imparts enough force to crack a tooth or break it off at the gum line, the pain can be severe, and you will need to seek immediate treatment at Dr. Austin Baker’s Spring, Texas, clinic.

It might be possible for Dr. Austin Baker to save the tooth by performing a root canal. If the injury has also traumatized the socket or too little of the root remains intact, Dr. Austin Baker might recommend having the tooth completely extracted.

As your gums gradually heal, Dr. Austin Baker can help you understand your dental restoration options. One of the most efficient methods to replace the tooth presence in your mouth is to install a bridge. This is a single piece of dental work that replicates the full function and appearance of the broken tooth. It includes a crown on each end, which will eventually be anchored on abutments formed out of the two adjacent teeth.

Dr. Austin Baker will then use a drill to remove the tooth enamel from each of the teeth to form a pair of post-like abutments. This creates a small protective sheath housing the healthy pulp and root of each tooth. Temporary crowns are then secured over each abutment to protect it.

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 guide their technicians while they create the permanent bridge.

Once completed, a member of Dr. Austin Baker’s staff will call you to schedule a second appointment. The temporary crowns will be removed and the bridge will be cemented in place with a strong dental adhesive.

If you live in Spring, Texas, and you have suffered a severely traumatized tooth, you should call 832-616-8822 to seek treatment with Dr. Austin Baker.