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A Broken Crown Might Need to be Replaced with a Bridge

A dental crown is typically secured onto an abutment that is made from the internal dentin layer of a tooth. In some rare cases, a dental trauma, like an accidental fall, can damage the root of the abutment, causing it to break off at the gumline. In an extreme case, the anchor of the crown might be knocked out of the socket.

In an extreme case like this, there might not be enough viable structure to secure a new crown in place. To alleviate the pain, Drs. Paul and Brant Stanovick might advocate extracting the remnants of the abutment from the socket before suturing your gums.

Once all the tissues have healed, Drs. Paul and Brant Stanovick can help you understand the restoration options available at Paul R. Stanovick, DDS.

In many of these situations, a dental bridge restoration proves to be a popular option. This is a 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. Paul and Brant Stanovick will start by using a drill to remove the tooth enamel from each tooth to form a pair of abutments. This creates a small, protective sheath that houses the healthy pulp, root and nerve of each tooth.

Drs. Paul and Brant Stanovick will create a detailed impression of the abutments and the other corresponding teeth. This will be sent to a dental lab to help guide the technicians as they produce your new bridge.

A member of our Paul R. Stanovick, DDS staff will call you to schedule a second appointment when your new bridge is ready. It will then be cemented directly onto the two abutments with a strong dental adhesive.

If you live in the Mechanicsville, Virginia, area and you are suffering complications with your crowns, you should call 804-781-1919 to have it treated at Paul R. Stanovick, DDS.

A Severely Damaged Tooth Might Need Total Extraction Before Restoring It with a Bridge

Oral traumas can sometimes be severe. In an extreme case, an accident could carry enough force to badly damage, shatter or cleave a tooth in half. In these rare instances, the damage to the interior of the tooth might be so severe that Drs. Stanovick and Stanovick cannot viably treat it with a root canal.

For a tooth in this condition, he might recommend a total extraction of the root before suturing the gums. This will reduce the pain, prevent infection, and allow the socket to heal properly.

When you’re ready, Drs. Stanovick and Stanovick can help you understand your restoration options. If you aren’t interested in the invasive techniques used to restore the tooth with a dental implant, he might offer an alternative in the form of a dental bridge restoration. A dental bridge in Mechanicsville, Virginia, is two crowns fused together with a third representative tooth in the middle. It is mounted on a pair of abutments that are formed by the two closest neighboring teeth.

After assessing the health of the neighboring teeth, Drs. Stanovick and Stanovick will use a drill to remove their tooth enamel layer. This will form a pair of post-like abutments. This creates a small protective sheath that houses the healthy pulp, root, and nerve of each tooth. Temporary crowns will then be secured over each abutment to protect them.

An impression will be made of the abutments and the corresponding teeth in your bite. This will be sent to our dental lab to help guide the technicians as they produce your new bridge.

When your new bridge is ready, a member of our staff will call you to schedule a brief second appointment. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented into place.

If you are suffering with a badly damaged tooth, you should call 804-781-1919 to schedule treatment at Paul R. Stanovick, DDS.