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Each of your teeth is anchored in its socket by very strong periodontal ligaments. As strong as they are, it is still possible for a very hard blow to the face to sever them or even fracture the tooth out of the socket. When this happens, the tooth is often so badly damaged that your dentist, Dr. Anthony Shaia, must extract the remaining pieces of the root and suture the socket closed.

Once the surrounding gum tissues have fully healed, Dr. Anthony Shaia can completely restore the function and appearance of the tooth by installing a dental bridge.

A dental bridge in Parma Heights, Ohio, is essentially an artificial tooth that is fused into one single piece of dental work with a hollow crown at each end. It will eventually be anchored onto abutments that are formed out of the core of the two closest teeth.

Dr. Anthony Shaia will form the two abutments by removing the tooth enamel from each tooth. The abutments will contain the dentin layer surrounding the healthy pulp and root of the tooth.

A detailed impression will be made of the two abutments and any other related teeth in the area. This will be sent to a state-of-the-art dental lab where your new bridge will be custom made. Hard, plastic, temporary crowns will be secured over each abutment to protect them.

Dr. Anthony Shaia will call you to schedule a brief second appointment when your bridge is ready. This will involve removing the temporary crowns and cementing your new bridge into place.

If one of your teeth has just been knocked out, you need to call Shaia Dental Care at 440-884-9898 to seek urgent treatment.