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Automotive accidents and major athletic injuries can sometimes also cause dental trauma. Sometimes it can impart so much damage that a tooth is cracked or broken off at the gum line.

If the dental trauma is too severe to be treated by a root canal, at the dental practice of Stephen O. Woodard, DDS, in Spokane Valley, Washington, we might recommend a total extraction. Afterward, Dr. Stephen Woodard will suture your gums, and prescribe some pain management medication.

Once all the gum tissues have knit together comfortably, our dentist can help you understand your dental restoration options. One effective method for quickly restoring the knocked-out tooth’s presence in your mouth is to use a bridge. This solid piece of dental work is essentially two crowns fused together with a third solid crown in the middle that mimics the knocked-out tooth. It is mounted on a pair of abutments formed by the two closest neighboring teeth.

It typically requires two separate appointments to fully install a bridge in your mouth. The first appointment, calls for a thorough examination of the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are completely healthy. We will then remove the tooth enamel from the two closest teeth.  This creates a pair of abutments that will later serve to anchor your bridge.

An impression will then be made of the area, which will be sent to a professional dental lab. This will serve as a guide for them when custom making your final bridge. Then temporary crowns are secured over each abutment to protect them.

When it’s ready, you will need to come in for the second appointment to install your bridge. This is a relatively brief session, where the temporary crowns are removed and Dr. Stephen Woodard cements the bridge onto the abutments.

If you live in the Spokane Valley, Washington area and you have suffered a knocked-out tooth, please call 509-924-8585 to seek immediate treatment. Our experienced dental team looks forward to restoring your healthy smile!