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It’s not unheard of for something like a blow to the face, or a hard fall to knock one of your teeth out. Sometimes the tooth might come out cleanly, yet doesn’t survive attempts to implant it back in the socket. Most often a portion of the tooth remains anchored in the socket by the periodontal ligaments, thus forcing a total extraction.

If one of your teeth is knocked out can seriously compromise your ability to chew food, affect the appearance of your smile and in time could cause alignment issues. If the structure of the knocked out tooth is not restored it can cause the surrounding teeth to twist and shift to try to fill the void.

In many cases like a bridge fitted by Lexington Heights Dental is the most effective way to restore form, function, structure and appearance of a knocked out tooth. A bridge basically mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It will eventually be anchored into place by a pair of crowns, cemented on abutments formed out of the two closest teeth.

Your dentist at Lexington Heights Dental will form the abutments by removing a large amount of enamel from each of the neighboring teeth. A little enamel is left to protect the healthy interior of the teeth.

Your dentist will then create an impression of the abutments, the void and your personal bite pattern. This will be used as a guide for the dental lab that makes your new bridge. Temporary crowns, are then cemented over each abutment to protect them during the interim.

Once the dental lab has completed your bridge, Lexington Heights Dental will call you back in for a brief second appointment. The temporary crowns are removed and your dentist will cement the permanent bridge in place.

If you have lost a tooth and would like to explore your treatment options for restoring a knocked out tooth please call Lexington Heights Dental at 801-756-2006 to schedule an appointment.