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Athletes who participate in contact sports as well as mistakenly forgo using a mouthguard during practice or games are at heightened risk of suffering an oral injury or dental trauma. If a blow to the face causes a severe dental fracture, you should not delay in seeking treatment at Stanford Dental.

If the root of the tooth or other internal structures have been damaged, Dr. James Stanford might be able to treat the tooth with a root canal and a dental crown restoration. In an extreme case where the socket has also been damaged or the tooth has been severely traumatized, he might advocate extracting the remnants.

This will help alleviate the pain and prevent infection from developing in the injured tissues. Once your gums have healed, our dental restoration specialists can help you understand your options for restoring the tooth’s presence in your mouth. One of the fastest, most effect methods is to have a dental bridge installed into the gap that was left between the neighboring teeth.

This generally requires a two-stage restoration treatment. During the first appointment, your dentist will examine the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are completely healthy. Then, he will use a drill to remove the tooth enamel from the teeth neighboring the void. This creates a pair of abutments that will later anchor your bridge.

We will then create an impression of the area, which will be sent to our dental lab. This will serve as a guide for the technicians when custom making your final bridge. Once this is done, hard, plastic, temporary crowns will be secured over each abutment to protect them.

You will need to return for a follow-up appointment when the dental lab technician has completed the bridge. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented onto the abutments with a dental-grade adhesive.

If you live in the Ballwin, Missouri, area and you are suffering with a severely damaged tooth, you should call 636-256-3559 to seek timely treatment at Stanford Dental.