Your tooth enamel is very hard. However, tooth enamel is only hard enough to endure chewing, biting and grinding food. If you participate in contact sports without wearing a mouthguard or if you grind your teeth on a regular basis, you could severely fracture one of your teeth.
In extreme situations, the tooth fracture might be so bad that your Boise Dental Center - Michael Smith, DMD & Evan Smith, DMD dentist can’t save it. The tooth might need to be extracted to prevent further complications. Once your gums have healed following the extraction, your dentist can replace the fractured tooth with a dental bridge in Boise, Idaho.
Your dentist will start the treatment by reshaping the anchoring teeth by removing a majority of the enamel from their surfaces. Then, an impression is taken of the smile. This impression will be used as a guide for our dental lab technicians who make your new bridge.
Dr. Michael Smith & Evan Smith will then cement a temporary crown over each abutment to protect it while the dental lab works on your permanent bridge.
Once the lab has completed your bridge, our Boise Dental Center - Michael Smith, DMD & Evan Smith, DMD team will call you back into our office for a follow-up appointment. During this appointment, the dentist will remove the temporary crowns and will cement your permanent bridge into place. With the proper care and cleaning, the bridge will replace your fractured tooth for many years to come.
If you have a severely fractured or damaged tooth, you should call Boise Dental Center - Michael Smith, DMD & Evan Smith, DMD at 208-343-4986 as soon as possible to explore your treatment and restoration options.