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While it is as rare as it is unfortunate, there are times when a hard blow to the face, automotive accident, or sports injury severely damages a tooth. When this happens, the pain can be severe, and you need to seek immediate treatment from Dr. Thomas Bell.

Sometimes a severely traumatized tooth can be treated with endodontic therapy. In an extreme case, the damage to the root, nerve, or dental socket might be so severe that the only course of action is to have the tooth extracted. Along with prescription pain medication, this will help alleviate the pain and prevent infection in the injured tissues.

Once your gums have healed, your dentist can help you understand your options for replacing the tooth. One of the fastest, most effect methods is to install a dental bridge in the gap that was left between the neighboring teeth.

This commonly requires a two-stage restoration treatment. During the first appointment, your dentist will examine the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are completely healthy. Your dentist will then use a drill to remove the tooth enamel from each tooth neighboring the void. This creates a pair of abutments that will later anchor your bridge.

An impression will be created of the area and all relevant teeth. This will serve as a guide for the dental lab technicians when custom making your final bridge. Once this is done, hard, plastic temporary crowns will be secured over each abutment to protect them.

You will need to return for a follow-up appointment when the dental lab technician has completed the bridge. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented onto the abutments with a dental-grade adhesive.

If you live in the La Grange, Illinois, area and you are suffering with a severely damaged tooth, you should call 708.469.6006 to seek timely treatment at Thomas Bell, DDS.