A crack in one of your teeth that also comes with a significant amount of pain is often a sign that the interior of the tooth has been badly damaged. In some cases, the damage to the pulp and root of the tooth is so extensive that Thomas Bell, DDS needs to extract the tooth rather than attempt to repair it.
Once your gums have completely healed, we can help you explore your restoration options for replacing the cracked tooth. One of the most common restoration methods is to install a bridge. The bridge is basically an artificial tooth fused to a pair of crowns to form a single piece of dental work. The bridge will be anchored in your mouth on abutments formed from the two neighboring teeth.
The abutments are formed by removing the majority of enamel layer of each tooth, leaving a post-like structure. The dentist will then form an impression of the abutments and the corresponding teeth in your bite pattern.
Temporary crowns will then be secured over each abutment to protect them while a dental lab works on completing your new bridge.
We will call you back in for a brief second appointment, when your bridge is ready. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge is cemented in place over the abutments.
If you have a badly cracked or damaged tooth, you should call Dr. Thomas Bell at 708.469.6006 to schedule an appointment.