Your teeth are meant to be hard enough to bite and chew tough foods. However, there are a few rare situations when a hard blow to the face or another extreme oral accident can severely damage a tooth. If the damage significantly compromises the root of the tooth or damages the bone underlying the socket, your dentist, Dr. Ben Vela & Henry Arendono, might need to extract the tooth and suture the gums.
Once everything has fully healed, Dr. Ben Vela & Henry Arendono can help you decide if you want to restore the broken tooth with a dental implant or dental bridge. A dental bridge in Corpus Christi, Texas, is less invasive and a faster restoration method than a dental implant. It is basically an artificial tooth that mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused into one single piece of dental work with a hollow crown at each end. It will eventually be anchored onto abutments that are formed out of the core of the two closest teeth.
Dr. Ben Vela & Henry Arendono will form the two abutments by removing the tooth enamel from each tooth. The abutment will contain the dentin layer surrounding the healthy pulp and root of the tooth.
Then, they will form a detailed impression of the two abutments and the corresponding teeth. This will be sent to a state-of-the-art dental lab where your new bridge will be custom made. A temporary crown, which is made from hard plastic, will then be secured over each abutment while the dental lab technician does their work.
When the bridge is ready, Dr. Ben Vela & Henry Arendono will call you to schedule a brief second appointment. When you come in, they will remove the temporary crowns and cement your new bridge into place.
If you have a cracked, fractured or badly damaged tooth, you should call 361.884.2266 to schedule an appointment at Vela Dental Centers Crosstown.