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Your teeth are held in place by the root and a series of very strong periodontal ligaments. If a blow to the face carries enough force to knock a tooth out, the trauma to the tooth and socket can be severe. In the rare instances when the tooth is whole and still alive, your dentist, Dr. Justin Karrel, might be able to implant it back into the socket.

However, in most cases the trauma is so severe that the tooth cannot be saved. Dr. Justin Karrel needs to extract the root and any other remnants from the socket to treat the pain and prevent further complications.

Later, he can replace the tooth with a dental bridge. A dental bridge in Staunton, Virginia, is made of two dental crowns and a false tooth in the middle. The bridge is anchored on abutments that are formed out of the two closest teeth.

Dr. Justin Karrel will form the abutments by removing the tooth enamel from each tooth. This creates a small, protective sheath that houses the healthy pulp, root, and nerve of each tooth. Temporary crowns will then be secured over each abutment to protect them.

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

Dr. Justin Karrel will call you to schedule a follow-up appointment once the dental lab tech has completed the bridge. Then, he will remove the temporary crowns and securely cement the bridge onto the corresponding abutments.

If you’ve just had a tooth knocked out, you call 540-885-1631 to seek immediate treatment at our office.