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Tooth enamel is a very hard biological substance that gives your teeth the strength to chew the foods you eat. While it is extremely rare, there are times when an accident or other oral trauma can crack or severely damage a tooth. If the root of the tooth is compromised, your dentist, Dr. Dennis Burrell, might not be able to repair it with a root canal. In a case this extreme, he might recommend extracting the tooth from the socket and suturing the gums.

When your gums are fully healed, he can help you understand your replacement options. One of the more popular methods is to replace the tooth with a dental bridge. A dental bridge in University Place, Washington, is basically an artificial tooth that mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused into a single piece of dental work with a hollow crown at each end. It will eventually be anchored onto abutments that are formed out of the core of the two closest teeth.

Your dentist will create the two abutments by removing the tooth enamel from each of the neighboring teeth. This leaves healthy dentin cores, protecting the pulp and root within each tooth.

A detailed impression will be made of the area and the corresponding teeth in your bite pattern. This will be sent to a professional dental lab where your new bridge will be made. Hard, plastic caps called temporary crowns will then be secured over each abutment to protect them until your new bridge is ready.

We will call you to schedule a brief second appointment when the bridge is ready. Your dentist will remove the temporary crowns and cement your new bridge into place over the abutments.

If you are suffering from a damaged tooth, you should call 253-564-7645 to have it treated and restored at our office.