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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 Knocked-Out Tooth Can Be Replaced by a Bridge

Each one of your teeth is anchored in its socket by a series of strong periodontal ligaments. As strong as this hold is, there are times when a hard blow to the face can sever the tooth’s connection with the periodontal ligaments, knocking the tooth out of the socket. When this happens, the tooth is almost always lost.

To remedy this problem, our dentists will often recommend suturing the gums and installing a dental bridge to replace the knocked-out tooth. A dental bridge in Mechanicsville, Virginia, mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. The replacement tooth is fused to a pair of crowns that are anchored to two abutments.

To form the abutments, Drs. Stanovick and Stanovick will need to remove all of the tooth enamel from each of the neighboring teeth. This creates a small protective sheath that houses the healthy pulp, root, and nerve of each tooth.

Drs. Stanovick and Stanovick will then create a detailed impression of the abutments and surrounding teeth. This impression will be sent to a dental lab to help guide the technicians as they produce your permanent bridge. A temporary crown is cemented over each abutment to keep it safe while you await the completion of your final bridge.

Once the dental lab has completed your permanent bridge, Drs. Paul R. Stanovick and Brant Stanovick will call you into our office for a brief follow-up appointment. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new permanent bridge will be cemented into place.

If one of your teeth has been knocked out, you need to call us at 804-781-1919 to seek urgent treatment.

Keeping Ahead of COVID-19

Providing a safe environment for treatment and control for infectious disease is always a priority at Paul Stanovick DDS. Our expansive reception area and large outdoor deck provides space to easily support regulations surrounding social distancing. The treatment rooms provide an extra layer of protection as they are sanitized between each patient and provide clean air through air purifiers located in each room. We encourage that all patients schedule for their essential or ongoing treatment. Proactively treating your dental needs will benefit both your health and reduce the need for corrective treatment over time. We do ask that any high-risk patients postpone any elective dental treatment at this time. You will see some changes during your next appointment as we have added precautions to protect patients and staff. All patients will be asked to fill out a COVID-19 screening form as well as have their temperature taken. You will be asked to enter the building with use of facial protection and asked to wear it until you are in the treatment room. Hand sanitizer is also available throughout the whole building for your use. You may notice that our magazine and children’s books have been removed from the reception area as they are harder to disinfect. We have installed plexiglass around our front reception area for added distancing between front staff and patients waiting for appointments. Air purifiers have been placed in every operatory with two larger purifiers in the front and back of the office. We have provided face shields, lab jackets and barrier gowns for all clinical staff. Our hours of operation will still remain Monday -Friday 8am-5pm. We are trying our best to re-appoint patients that missed March 2020 & April 2020 dental appointments. We are looking forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about treatment and the safety precautions we are taking here at the practice. If you would like to make an appointment you can give us a call or text 804.781.1919. Thank you for your patience during these changing times and for your trust in us with taking care of your dental needs. Sincerely, Dr. Paul Stanovick, Dr. Brant Stanovick, and Staff.