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Oral trauma can come in many different forms and differing degrees of severity. Sometimes a hard blow to the face can chip or fracture a tooth. In some rare cases, oral trauma can carry enough force to knock a tooth out of the socket or shatter the sensitive internal structures. If the tooth is too badly damaged to be treated by a root canal, Dr. Brian Kraft might recommend a total extraction.

By removing all elements of the severely traumatized tooth and suturing the gums, he can help ease the pain and prevent a dangerous infection from developing in the socket.

As time goes by, your gums will heal and Dr. Brian Kraft can help you understand your options for replacing the tooth. In many cases, the most effective method of restoring the presence and function of the avulsed tooth is to install a dental bridge.

Anchoring the bridge in your mouth calls for creating two abutments from the cores of the neighboring teeth. To do this, your dentist will use a drill to remove most of the enamel from each tooth that is neighboring the void. This leaves behind a post-like core of dentin that is surrounding the healthy pulp and root of each tooth.

We will then create an impression of the area, including the contours of the related teeth in your bite pattern. This will be sent to a dental lab where your new bridge will be made. At the end of the appointment, temporary crowns will be cemented over each abutment to protect them.

A member of our staff will call you back in for a brief second appointment when your bridge has been completed. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented onto the abutments.

If you live in the Payson, Utah, area and you’ve suffered a badly traumatized tooth, you should not delay in seeking treatment at Payson Dental and Orthodontics.