Dental avulsion is a technical term used to describe a tooth that was so severely traumatized that it was knocked out of the socket or damaged immediately at the gumline. In most of these cases, the pressure that knocked the tooth out causes so much damage that it results in total tooth loss. To treat the pain and prevent a serious infection from developing, Dr. Michael Scholes might recommend extracting all remnants of the tooth.
When you are ready and your gums have healed, Dr. Michael Scholes can help you understand your options for replacing the tooth. In many of these cases, the most effective method to restore the presence and function of the avulsed tooth is to install a dental bridge.
Anchoring this solid piece of dental work in your mouth involves using a drill to remove most of the enamel from each tooth that is neighboring the void. This leaves behind a post-like core of dentin that is surrounding the healthy pulp and root of each tooth.
Your dentist, Dr. Michael Scholes will cast an impression of the abutments as well as the void and your personal bite pattern. This will be sent to a dental lab where your new bridge will be made. At the end of the appointment, temporary crowns will be cemented over each abutment to protect them.
A member of our staff will call you back in for a brief second appointment when your new bridge is ready. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented onto the abutments.
If you’ve recently suffered a knocked-out tooth and you’re interested in a dental bridge in Couer d'Alene, Idaho, please call 208-667-1578
to seek immediate treatment at Scholes Family Dental.