Dental avulsion is a term used to describe a tooth that has been knocked out of the socket or severely damaged and broken off near the gumline. These are almost always traumatic events that cause so much damage to the tooth and socket that Dr. Austin Baker cannot save the tooth. The only viable course of treatment is to extract the damaged remnants from the socket and suture your gums.
If the missing tooth is not restored by some means, the void can cause the surrounding teeth to twist and deviate from their natural alignment. To prevent this from happening and to restore the function and appearance of your mouth, your dentist, Dr. Austin Baker, might advocate a bridge restoration.
A dental bridge in Spring, Texas, is essentially a piece of dental work composed of an artificial tooth and hollow crowns at each end. It will eventually be anchored onto abutments that are formed out of the core of the two closest teeth.
Your dentist will form the two abutments by removing the tooth enamel from each tooth. The abutment will contain the dentin layer surrounding the healthy pulp and root of the tooth.
A detailed impression will be made of the area, including the abutments and corresponding teeth in your bite pattern. This will be sent to a state-of-the-art dental lab where your new bridge will be custom made. Hard, plastic, temporary crowns will be secured over each abutment to protect them.
A member of our Grand Trails Dental staff will call you to schedule a brief second appointment when your bridge is ready. This will involve removing the temporary crowns and cementing your new bridge into place.
If you’ve suffered a dental avulsion or a damaged tooth, you should call 832-616-8822 to seek immediate treatment at Dr. Austin Baker’s clinic.