Posted .

Participating in sports, especially contact sports is not without risk of injury. While the occasional bump or bruise is to be expected, there are times when more serious injuries can occur. If you participate in contact sports without the protection of a quality mouth guard, you risk oral and dental injuries. One of the most serious can occur if a blow to the face knocks one of your teeth out.

Most of the time when a tooth is knocked out, remnants remain in the socket. This essentially results in the death of the of the tooth. Dr. Brian J. Waggle will need to extract any remnants and suture you gums. Once your gums have healed, he can then go about the process of restoring the tooth with a bridge.

This is essentially one single piece of dental work with a crown on each end. It will eventually be secured in your mouth by abutments formed from the neighboring teeth.

Dr. Brian J. Waggle forms each abutment by removing the majority of the tooth enamel. Then he takes a detailed impression of each abutment and the corresponding teeth in your personal bite pattern. This will be sent to a dental lab where your new bridge is produced.

Dr. Brian J. Waggle will then secure a temporary crown over each abutment to protect it while you await completion of your new bridge.

When it’s ready, Dr. Brian J. Waggle will call you in to have the temporary crowns removed. Your new bridge will then be cemented in place. With proper care and maintenance, you can expect the bridge to restore the knocked out tooth for many years to come.

If one of your teeth has been knocked out, you should not delay in contacting Dr. Brian J. Waggle’s office in Zanesville, Ohio at 740-454-6644 to explore your treatment and restoration options.