Oral trauma comes in a myriad of forms. One of the most severe is when an accident or trauma knocks a tooth out. In most of these situations, the tooth shatters or breaks off at the gumline.
A tooth in this condition cannot be returned to its natural state. Sometimes enough of the root remains for Dr. Richard D. Guthrie to perform a root canal.
If the root itself has been severely damaged or if the socket in your gums has been traumatized, Dr. Richard D. Guthrie might advocate extracting the remnants from the socket and suturing your gums. This will help ease the pain and prevent a serious infection from developing.
Once everything has healed, Dr. Richard D. Guthrie can replace the tooth’s presence in your mouth with a dental bridge. This is basically an artificial tooth that is fused to an empty crown on each end.
It will eventually be anchored onto abutments that are formed out of the healthy core of the two closest teeth. To form the abutments, Dr. Richard D. Guthrie will remove the tooth enamel from each tooth, leaving behind a sheath of dentin around the healthy pulp and root of the tooth.
An impression will be made of the abutments as well as 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 dental crowns over each abutment to protect them while the lab technician completes their work.
When the bridge is ready, Dr. Richard D. Guthrie will secure your new bridge onto the abutments with a strong dental cement.
If you live in Ladera Ranch, California, and you have suffered a knocked-out tooth or other form of dental trauma, you should call 949-388-6325 to seek treatment at Mission Ranch Dental Aesthetics.