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Sometimes a fracture or severe decay in a tooth can make it so the tooth cannot be repaired safely. In situations like this, our dentist may recommend extracting the tooth and  replacing it with a bridge.

After the extraction, it will take a little while for your gums to heal. Once they are fully healed Dr. Tiffany Teegarden can completely restore the function and appearance of the tooth by installing a bridge.

A bridge is an artificial tooth that is fused into one single piece of dental work with a hollow crown at each end. It will eventually be anchored onto abutments formed out of the two closest teeth.

Dr. Jensen will form the two abutments by removing most of the external enamel from each tooth. The abutment will contain the dentin layer surrounding the healthy pulp and root of the tooth.

Then she will cast a detailed impression of the two abutments and the corresponding teeth. This will be sent to a state or the art dental lab where your permanent bridge will be crafted. Hard plastic temporary crowns are secured over each abutment to protect them.

We will call you to schedule a brief second appointment when your bridge is ready. At that time she will remove the temporary crowns and cement your permanent bridge in place.

If one of your teeth has just been knocked out, you need to call Truman Village Dental as soon as possible at the Independence, Missouri clinic for timely treatment.