It’s not unheard of for a hard fall, a blow to the face or an injury from a contact sport to knock one of your teeth out. If the tooth is deeply fractured or some of it remains in the socket it might need to be extracted. Having a tooth knocked out can seriously compromise your ability to chew and have a negative effect on your quality of life.
While you might be able to learn to live with the lost tooth the decreased structure in the area can lead to alignment issues, as the surrounding teeth might start to move to fill the void.
Sometimes the best solution to restore the lost tooth is to have Dr. Kerry Olszewski fit you for a bridge. A bridge basically mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It will eventually be anchored into place by a pair of crowns, cemented onto abutments formed out of the two closest teeth.
Dr. Kerry Olszewski will create the abutments by removing the majority of enamel from the two closest teeth. A small sheath of enamel is left behind to protect the healthy pulp and root of each tooth. Next, she will make an impression of the area, which will be sent to a special dental lab that creates your new bridge. Temporary crowns, are then cemented over each abutment to protect them while the lab prepares your new bridge.
Dr. Kerry Olszewski will call you in for a brief follow up appointment when your new permanent bridge is ready. The temporary crowns will be removed and she will cement your new bridge in place. With proper care and cleaning your new bridge should last for many years to come.
If you have lost a tooth and would like to explore your restoration options, please feel free to call Dr. Kerry Olszewski at 425-337-5549 to schedule an appointment.