When a tooth is knocked out or extracted, it can significantly impair the function of your mouth, mar your appearance and lead to other complications. If the tooth isn’t replaced in a timely manner, it can cause the surrounding teeth to twist and alter their positions in response to the void.
One of the most effective solutions is to have your dentist, Dr. John Fonder, replace the tooth with a dental bridge. A dental bridge in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is essentially a replacement tooth fused to crowns that are mounted onto the two closest neighboring teeth. Once it is cemented into place, it will completely restore the function and appearance of all three teeth.
The process of installing a bridge starts by your dentist forming a pair of abutments on the two closest teeth. This is done by removing most of the enamel layer of the teeth, leaving only the healthy interior structures behind.
Your dentist will make an impression of the abutments, the void and any other relevant teeth. This will be sent to a dental lab as a guide while the technicians create your new bridge. Your dentist will then secure temporary crowns over each abutment to protect them while the lab technicians work.
We will call you to schedule a second appointment once your new bridge is completed. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented firmly into place during this appointment.
If you have lost a tooth, you should call Midtown Dental Arts at 918-747-8802 to ask about having it replaced by a bridge.