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Your tooth enamel is very hard, yet there are still times when a hard fall, blow to the face or sports accident can actually crack one of your teeth. This is even more likely to happen if you play in a contact sport without the benefit of a quality mouth guard.

In an extreme, the crack in the tooth can be so extreme that Dr. Chris Kim’s only available treatment option is to completely extract the cracked tooth. Once your gums have healed, he can help you understand your restoration options. One of the most effective methods is to install a bridge onto the two neighboring teeth.

A bridge is single piece of dental work, that basically mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. The replacement tooth is fused to a pair of crowns that correspond to the two neighboring teeth.

The first step in installing the bridge, involves forming abutments out of these two teeth. Dr. Chris Kim does this by removing the enamel layer from each tooth, while leaving the internal structures safe and sound.

Then he will make a detailed impression of the abutments and surrounding teeth. This will be sent to a dental lab, to help guide them as they produce your permanent bridge. A temporary crown is cemented over each abutment to protect it while you await completion of your final bridge.

Once the dental lab has completed your permanent bridge Dr. Chris Kim will call you in for a brief follow up appointment. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new permanent bridge is cemented in place.

If you have a cracked tooth, it requires immediate care. Please call Dr. Chris Kim’s office in Windsor Locks, Connecticut at 860-623-2601 to schedule an emergency appointment.