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Even though your natural tooth enamel is very hard there are some rare occasions when a hard fall or a blow to the face can fracture a tooth. In an extreme case, the fracture might be so severe that it causes massive trauma to the internal structures of the tooth. This might require Dr. Steven Rattner to extract the tooth, then install a bridge later once your gums have healed.

After your gums have completely healed, he might recommend replacing the function and appearance of the tooth with a bridge. A bridge is a replacement tooth that has been fused to crowns that are mounted on the two closest neighboring teeth. The bridge essentially replicates the enamel layer of all three teeth.

The first step in the process, involves Dr. Steven Rattner forming abutments out of the two nearest teeth. This is done by using a drill to remove the enamel layer of each tooth, leaving behind a post like structure containing the dentin, pulp and root of each tooth.

Dr. Steven Rattner will create a detailed impression of the abutments, the void and any related teeth in your bite pattern. This will be sent to a dental lab to serve as a guide while making your final bridge. A temporary crown will be cemented over each abutment to protect it while the dental lab works.

When your bridge is ready, Dr. Steven Rattner will call you back in for a brief follow up appointment. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented in place.

If you’ve suffered a severe fracture to one of your teeth, you should call Dr. Steven Rattner’s office in College Park, Maryland at 301-474-8277 for an emergency appointment.