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Your tooth enamel is very hard, which is why your teeth have the ability to bite and chew hard foods. However, there are times when a blow to the face or other oral trauma can carry enough force to fracture tooth enamel. In an extreme situation, a bad fracture might penetrate the interior of the tooth, causing so much damage to the root that Dr. Lynh Pham can’t repair the tooth with a root canal. In a case like this, she might recommend extracting the deeply fractured tooth and replace it with a dental bridge in Mesquite, Texas.

This is a single piece of dental work that replicates the fractured tooth. The replacement tooth is fused to a base with a hollow crown at each end. It will eventually be anchored onto abutments that are formed out of the core of the two neighboring teeth.

Your dentist will form the two abutments by removing the tooth enamel from each tooth. The abutment will contain the dentin layer that surrounds the healthy pulp and root of the tooth. Then she will form a detailed impression of the two abutments and the corresponding teeth. This will be sent to a state-of-the-art dental lab where your new bridge will be custom crafted to fill the void.

At the end of the appointment, she will secure a hard, plastic, temporary crown over each abutment to protect it while the dental lab technician does their work.

A member of Dr. Lynh Pham’s staff will call you to schedule a brief, follow-up appointment. During this session, the temporary crowns will be removed and Dr. Lynh Pham will cement your new bridge into place.

If you fractured a tooth, you need to call 972.388.1138 as soon as possible to seek treatment at Smiley Dental Mesquite.