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It’s not unheard of for a hard fall or a blow to the face to knock out one of your teeth. Sometimes if the tooth is knocked out cleanly, your dentist, Dr. Grant Brough, might be able to implant it back into the socket. In most cases, there are fragments of the tooth remaining in the socket and they must be extracted. This ultimately results in the total loss of the tooth.

In a case like this, your dentist often recommends restoring the knocked-out tooth with a dental bridge. A dental bridge in Layton, Utah, is essentially two crowns fused together with a third representative tooth in the middle. It is mounted on a pair of abutments that are formed by the two closest neighboring teeth.

Your dentist routinely needs two separate appointments to completely install a new bridge. During the first appointment, he will examine the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are completely healthy.

Then, he will use a drill to remove the tooth enamel from each tooth. This creates a pair of abutments that will later anchor your bridge.

A detailed impression will be made of the area, which will be sent to our dental lab. This will serve as a guide for the technician when custom making your final bridge. Once this is done, hard, plastic, temporary crowns will be secured over each abutment to protect them.

A member of our staff will call you to schedule your second appointment when the dental lab tech has completed your new bridge. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented into place during this appointment.

If you’ve had a tooth knocked out, you should call Dr. Brough Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at 801.773.5285 to seek timely treatment.