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Dental avulsion can occur when a severe dental trauma damages a tooth near the gum line or knocks it out of the socket. When this happens, the pain can be significant, and you should not delay in seeking treatment from Dr. Reeve Abraben.

If the tooth is whole, he might be able to implant it back in the socket. Yet for there to be any chance of success, the tooth will need to be kept alive by placing it in a tooth preservation product or by holding it in your mouth between your cheek and gums.

Saving the tooth is relatively rare, though. Most of the time the damage to the tooth and the anchoring dental socket is so severe that it simply cannot be saved. A root canal might be able to restore enough structure to mount a dental crown. In an extreme case, your dentist might recommend extracting all traces of the tooth from the socket to allow all the traumatized tissues to heal properly.

When you’re ready, he can restore the knocked-out tooth by putting a dental bridge in its place. A dental bridge is essentially two crowns fused together with a third representative tooth in the middle. It will eventually be mounted onto a pair of abutments that are formed out of the two closest neighboring teeth.

This generally requires two separate appointments. During the first session, your dentist will examine the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are completely healthy. Your dentist will then use a drill to remove most of the enamel layer of each tooth. This will create a pair of abutments that will later anchor your bridge.

Your dentist will then create an impression of the area, which will be sent to our off-site dental lab. This will serve as a guide for the technicians while they work to create your custom piece of bridgework. In the interim, temporary crowns will be secured over each abutment to protect them.

We will call you to schedule a second appointment when the lab technician has completed your new bridge. Your dentist will then cement it in place with a strong dental adhesive.

If you live in the Lake City, Florida, area and you’ve suffered a severe dental trauma, you should not delay in calling 386.752.1342 to seek treatment at Lake City Family Dental Center, PA.