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It’s not unheard of for something like a blow to the face or a hard fall to knock one of your teeth out. Sometimes the tooth might come out cleanly, yet doesn’t survive attempts to implant it back in the socket. Most often, a portion of the tooth remains anchored in the socket by the periodontal ligaments, thus forcing a total extraction.

If one of your teeth is knocked out, it can seriously compromise your ability to chew food, affect the appearance of your smile, and in time could cause alignment issues. If the structure of the knocked out tooth is not restored, it can cause the surrounding teeth to twist and shift to try to fill the void.

One of the most effective ways to restore the structure, function, and appearance of the tooth is by having Dr. Tim J Brooks, DDS install a bridge. A bridge basically mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused to a pair of crowns that are anchored on abutments formed from the neighboring teeth.

Your dentist will form the abutments by removing the majority of enamel from each of the neighboring teeth. A small amount of enamel is left to protect the healthy interior of the teeth.

The dentist will then take an impression of the abutments, the void, and your personal bite pattern. This will be used as a guide for the dental lab that makes your new bridge. Temporary crowns are then cemented over each abutment to protect them during the interim.

When the dental lab has completed your new permanent bridge, Dr. Tim J Brooks, DDS will call you in for the final procedure to install it. The temporary crowns are removed, and your dentist will cement the permanent bridge in place.

If one of your teeth has been knocked out, you should call Dr. Tim J Brooks, DDS at 405-752-0600 to discuss your restoration options.

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