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There are several things that can cause enough force to fracture tooth enamel. Most fractures are related to grinding your teeth at night on a regular basis, a blow to the face during contact sports, or an accidental hard fall. Regardless of the cause, a severely fractured tooth might have sustained too much damage to be saved. If the damage is too extensive, Houston smiledocs might recommend having the tooth removed before replacing it with a bridge.

A bridge is basically a single piece of dental work, that mimics the appearance of three teeth. The two outermost teeth are actually crowns that are fused onto a false tooth designed to fill the void.

The first step in replacing the tooth with a bridge is to assess the integrity of the neighboring teeth to make sure they are healthy enough to form abutments. Next, the dentist will remove the majority of enamel layer of each tooth. leaving a small post-like structure. The two abutments that are formed will eventually serve to anchor the bridge in your mouth.

An impression is then taken of the abutments, the void and the corresponding teeth in your bite pattern. This is sent to a dental lab where your permanent bridge is made. Temporary crowns are then cemented over top of each abutment to protect them.

When your bridge is completed Houston smiledocs will call you to schedule your second procedure. The temporary crowns are removed and your new permanent bridge will be cemented in place.

If you have a severely fractured tooth, you should not delay in calling Houston smiledocs at 713.784.6855 to explore your treatment options.