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When a tooth is avulsed, or knocked out, the trauma to the socket and the tooth itself is often so severe that your dentist, Dr. Kimberlee J. Karey, cannot save it by conventional means. In a case like this, she might recommend extracting the remnants of the tooth from the socket. This will help treat the pain and prevent infection as well as other complications.

Once your gums have healed, your dentist might recommend replacing a knocked-out tooth with a dental bridge. A dental bridge in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is made of two dental crowns and a false tooth in the middle. It is mounted on a pair of abutments that are formed by the two closest neighboring teeth.

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

Then, she will use a drill to remove the tooth enamel from the two closest teeth. 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, temporary crowns will be secured over each abutment to protect them.

We 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.

If you’ve just had a tooth knocked out, you need to seek immediate treatment by calling 734.668.6612 to schedule an appointment at our office.