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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. Dr. Sanaz Yousefi might recommend having the tooth extracted. Once your gums have healed, she can restore the cracked tooth with a bridge.

A bridge looks very much like a natural tooth. It is bound in place by a pair of crowns, that are anchored on abutments formed from the neighboring teeth.

Dr. Sanaz Yousefi will form a pair of abutments on the two closest teeth by removing the majority of enamel. A small amount of enamel is left to protect the healthy interior of the teeth. Then the dentist will form an impression of the abutments, as well as the void and the nearby teeth. The impression is sent to a dental lab where your permanent bridge will be made. Temporary crowns are cemented over each abutment to protect them during the interim.

Dr. Sanaz Yousefi will call you to schedule a second appointment once your permanent bridge is back from the dental lab. The temporary crowns are removed and your new bridge is installed on the abutments.

If you have a severely cracked, damaged or missing tooth, you should call Woodland Hills Family Dentistry at 818-225-9410 to schedule an appointment.