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Even though your natural tooth enamel is very hard, there are some rare occasions when a hard fall or a blow to the face can severely fracture a tooth. In an extreme situation the fracture might be so severe that it causes significant damage to internal structures of the tooth. This might require Dr. Daniel Sahutske to extract the tooth, then install a bridge later once your gums have healed.

Once your gums are health Dr. Daniel Sahutske can help you explore your restoration options. One of the most common ways to restore a decayed and extracted tooth is to install a bridge.

For all intents and purposes, a bridge essentially mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused to a pair of crowns, anchored on abutments formed from the two neighboring teeth.

Dr. Daniel Sahutske will create the two abutments by removing the majority of the enamel layer of each of the anchoring teeth. Then he will leave small amount of enamel to protect the otherwise healthy interior of the teeth.

Dr. Daniel Sahutske will then take an impression of the two abutments, which includes the void left by the missing tooth and the relationship to any other teeth in your bite pattern. This impression we be sent to a dental lab where your permanent bridge will be made. Then he will secure temporary crowns, over each abutment to protect them while the lab works on your permanent bridge.

Dr. Daniel Sahutske will call you back in once the dental lab has completed your bridge. The temporary crowns are removed and your new bridge is cemented in place.

If you have a fractured, damaged or missing tooth that needs to be restored, you should call Dr. Daniel Sahutske at 248.628.2540 to schedule an appointment.