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Athletes participating in contact sports and other strenuous activities are at increased risk for oral trauma. Should you decide to forgo using a quality mouthguard, you will be at even higher risk of dental trauma. An unprotected blow to the face could potentially fracture a tooth.

While most dental fractures can be addressed with a dental crown, a severe fracture might require more significant treatment measures. If the root has been affected, Dr. Greg Atwood might need to perform a root canal. In an extreme case, he might advocate extracting the tooth and eventually replacing it with a dental bridge.

It generally requires two separate appointments for Dr. Greg Atwood to completely install a bridge. At the first session, he will examine the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are completely healthy.

Then, Dr. Greg Atwood will use a drill to remove the tooth enamel from the two neighboring teeth on each side of the void. This leaves behind a pair of abutments that will later act as anchor points for your new bridge.

Dr. Greg Atwood will then cast 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, temporary crowns will be secured over each abutment to protect them.

When your new bridge is ready, Dr. Greg Atwood will call you back in for a short follow-up appointment to install it. Once the dental adhesive has fully cured, your new bridge will restore the missing tooth for many years to come.

If you live in the Odessa, Texas, area and you have suffered a severe dental fracture, you should not delay in calling 432.227.2300 to seek dental care at Atwood Family Dental.