There are many things that can potentially impart enough force to severe the periodontal ligaments anchoring your teeth in place and cause the tooth to be knocked out of its socket. Hard falls, blows to the face, and playing in contact sports without a mouth guard all have the potential to knock one of your teeth out.
In many cases, the tooth cannot be saved and Dr. Danton Bradshaw will need to extract any remaining part of it from the socket before suturing your gums. Having a tooth extracted not only impairs your ability to chew food, it can cause a slight slur in your speech. When it was whole, the tooth provided structure that the surrounding teeth related to. Left unaddressed, these teeth could start to turn and move to partially fill the void, causing alignment problems.
Once your gums have sufficiently healed, Dr. Danton Bradshaw might recommend having the tooth restored by installing a bridge. A bridge is single piece of dental work that looks similar to a series of three crowns that have been fused together into one single unit.
Dr. Danton Bradshaw will begin by creating an abutment out of each of the neighboring teeth. This is done by removing the majority of enamel layer of each tooth, leaving a small post-like structure. Each of these abutments will eventually serve to anchor the bridge in your mouth. A temporary crown is then placed over each abutment to protect it.
An impression of the area and the surrounding bite pattern is then taken. This will be sent to a special dental lab that will custom make your permanent bridge.
We will call you back in for a brief second appointment once the dental lab has completed your permanent bridge. The temporary crowns are removed and your new permanent bridge will be cemented in place over the abutments.
If you have just had one of your teeth knocked out and you would like to explore your restoration options, you should call Snowy River Dental at 208-788-2006 as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.