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When a tooth is knocked out by a sports injury or other severe dental trauma, the pain and complications can be severe. In some of these cases, the tooth and/or socket are so badly traumatized that they cannot be effectively treated with a root canal.

The best option might be to have Dr. Lynh Pham extract all remnants of the tooth from the socket and suture your gums. Prescription pain medication can help you remain comfortable while the discomfort dissipates and your gums heal.

When you’re ready, Dr. Lynh Pham can start the process of replacing the tooth with a dental bridge. This dental work is essentially two dental crowns fused together with a natural-looking tooth in the middle. It will need to be mounted on a pair of abutments that are formed by the two closest neighboring teeth.

The first stage in the bridge restoration process calls for Dr. Lynh Pham examining the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are healthy. Then she will use a drill to remove their tooth enamel. This creates a pair of dentin posts called abutments.

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

A member of the staff will call you to schedule your second appointment when the dental technicians have completed your new bridge. The temporary crowns will be removed as your dentist cements the final bridgework in place with a dental adhesive.

If you live in the Ft. Worth, Texas, area and you have had a tooth knocked out, you should call 817.916.4343 to seek immediate treatment at Smiley Dental Camp Bowie.