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A severe blow to the face from an athletic accident or automotive collision has the potential to cause significant harm to your mouth. In some of these cases, enough force might be applied to knock a tooth out of the socket.

In a situation like this, you should seek emergency dental care from a dentist like Drs. David G. Ogle, Samuel E. Schmitz, William R. Hart, & David Fickas. If the traumatized tooth is whole and still alive, they might be able to install it back into the socket or to restore it with a root canal.

In some extreme cases, the tooth or the surrounding periodontal tissues have suffered significant harm, your dentist might recommend extracting whatever remains of the tooth. With time and prescription pain medication, your gums can comfortably heal.

After your mouth has fully healed, your dentist can start the process of restoring the tooth with a dental bridge. Anchoring it in your mouth calls for your dentist to create two abutments from the healthy core of the two neighboring teeth. This is done by using a dental drill to remove the tooth enamel from each tooth neighboring the void.

The dental bridge will be created at an off-site dental lab from durable dental materials that will rival natural tooth enamel. When it’s ready, your dentist will cement the dental bridge in place with a special dental adhesive.

If you live in the Newburgh, Indiana, area and you have suffered a severe dental trauma, you should call 812.853.3313 to seek emergency dental care at Family Dentistry.