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Having a tooth avulsed or knocked out by a hard blow to the face is almost always a traumatic experience. The damage to the tooth and socket is usually so severe that it results in the total loss of the tooth. In cases like this, Dr. Ernesto Prida’s only viable course of treatment is to extract what remains of the tooth from the socket and suture the gums.

When you are ready, your dentist can help you understand your options for replacing the tooth. A common method he might recommend is to install a dental bridge. A dental bridge in Edinburg, Texas, is essentially an artificial tooth fused to a pair of crowns on each end. It is anchored on abutments that are formed from the neighboring teeth.

Dr. Ernesto Prida will create the abutments by using a drill to remove most of the enamel from each of the teeth. This leaves behind a post-like core of dentin surrounding the healthy pulp and root of each tooth.

A detailed impression will then be made of the abutments and the corresponding teeth in your personal 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 new bridge is ready. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented onto the abutments with a powerful dental adhesive.

If you’ve had a tooth knocked out, you should call 956-627-3446 to seek treatment and restoration at A Plus Smiles.