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Your teeth are anchored in their sockets by a series of periodontal ligaments. While these ligaments hold them fast, it is possible for an accident or a blow to the face to cause so much trauma that one of your teeth can be completely knocked out. When this happens the chances of successfully implanting the tooth back into the socket are very low. Usually there are remnants of the tooth still in the socket that need to be extracted to allow the gums to adequately heal.

In a case like this Dr. Kristen Langworthy will often recommend having the knocked out tooth completely replaced by installing a bridge. A bridge is single piece of dental work, that basically mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. The replacement tooth is fused to a pair of crowns that are anchored on abutments formed out of the two closest teeth.

To form the abutments, Dr. Kristen Langworthy will need to remove the enamel layer from each of the neighboring teeth. This creates a small protective sheath housing the healthy pulp, root and nerve of each tooth.

Dr. Kristen Langworthy will then create a detailed impression of the abutments and surrounding teeth. This will be sent to a dental lab, to help guide them as they produce your permanent bridge. A temporary crown is cemented over each abutment to keep it safe, while you await completion of your final bridge.

Once the dental lab has completed your permanent bridge Dr. Kristen Langworthy will call you in for a brief follow up appointment. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new permanent bridge is cemented in place.

If one of your teeth has been knocked out, you need to call Dr. Kristen Langworthy’s office in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina as soon as possible at 919-762-3239 for fast and effective treatment.