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Dental emergencies can often cause significant oral trauma. One of the most severe trauma is suffering a dental avulsion, which is often known as having a tooth knocked out. When this happens, the damage to the tooth, root, and socket are often severe. There is a slight chance that Dr. Don W. Heyen can implant the tooth back into the socket at our Wichita Falls, Texas, clinic. However, most dental avulsions of this magnitude result in the total loss of the tooth.

To gradually alleviate the pain and prevent a dangerous infection from forming, your dentist might recommend a treatment-based extraction. This will remove all remnants of the root from the socket before your gums are sutured closed.

When your gums have healed, your dentist can help you understand your restoration options. One of the easiest and most effective options is to install a dental bridge. This is essentially two crowns fused together with a third false tooth in the middle. It is mounted on a pair of abutments that are formed by the two closest neighboring teeth.

This is a two-stage restoration process. The first phase involves preparing the area for the bridge. Your dentist will examine the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are completely healthy.

Your dentist will then use a drill to remove the tooth enamel from each tooth. This creates a pair of dentin pillars called abutments. In time, they will anchor the bridge in your mouth.

Dr. Don W. Heyen will create a detailed impression of the area, which will be sent to our dental lab. This will serve as a guide for the technicians when custom making your final bridge. Once this is done, a temporary crown will be secured over each abutment to protect them.

We will call you to schedule your second appointment when the dental lab technician has completed your new bridge. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented onto the abutments with a strong dental adhesive.

If you live in the Wichita Falls, Texas, area and you have had a tooth knocked out, you should call 940-257-2522 to seek immediate treatment.