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While it’s rare, there are times when a hard blow to the face or other oral trauma can break a tooth in half or breath the enamel. When this happens, the pain is often severe and the damage to the tooth is so extreme that Dr. Robert Eversole’s only viable course of treatment is to extract the tooth. This will treat the pain and prepare the gums for a later restoration.

In many cases like this, your dentist will recommend replacing the broken tooth with a dental bridge. A dental bridge in Greensburg, Indiana, is single piece of dental work that replicates the full function and appearance of the broken tooth. The replacement tooth is fused to a pair of crowns that are anchored on abutments that are formed out of the two neighboring teeth.

It typically takes two separate appointments to fully install the new bridge.

Dr. Robert Eversole will start by using a drill to remove the tooth enamel from each tooth to form a pair of post-like abutments. This creates a small protective sheath that houses the healthy pulp, root and nerve of each tooth.

Then, he will create a detailed impression of the abutments and the other corresponding teeth. This will be sent to a dental lab to help guide the technicians as they produce your new bridge.

Dr. Robert Eversole will call you to schedule a second appointment when your new crown is ready. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented into place.

If you have a severely damaged or broken tooth, you should call 812-663-8088 to schedule an urgent appointment at Robert Eversole, DDS, PC.