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Your tooth enamel is very hard. Yet there are still times when a hard fall, blow to the face or some other oral trauma can severely fracture a tooth. If the damage is severe, Dr. J. Scott Thompson, DMD might need to extract the tooth.

Without timely restoration the surrounding teeth can start to twist, turn and slowly move towards the void. To prevent this from happening, Dr. J. Scott Thompson, DMD can restore the tooth’s presence in your mouth by installing a bridge.

This is essentially one single piece of dental work that is fused to a pair of crowns on each end. It will eventually be anchored in your mouth on abutments formed from the core of the two closest teeth.

Dr. J. Scott Thompson, DMD will form the abutments by removing all of the tooth enamel from each tooth. Then they will cast an impression of the area, including the corresponding teeth in your bite. This will be sent to a special dental lab, where your final bridge is produced.

At the end of the appointment temporary crowns will be cemented over each abutment to protect it.

Dr. J. Scott Thompson, DMD will call you in for a brief, second appointment when your bridge is ready. The temporary crowns will be removed and the bridge is cemented in place onto the abutments.

If you have a fractured or badly damaged tooth, you shouldn’t hesitate to call Dr. J. Scott Thompson, DMD’s Essex Junction, Vermont clinic at 802-879-7811 for timely treatment and restoration.