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Having a tooth knocked out from a sports injury or other accidental blow to the face can be a serious cause for concern. In rare cases, the tooth is knocked out whole and Dr. Heather H. Bobb might be able to implant it back in the socket. Most of the time when a tooth is knocked out, some of the root remains in the socket and needs to be extracted.

Once your gums have completely healed Dr. Heather H. Bobb might recommend restoring the knocked out tooth’s presence by installing a dental implant.

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

Dr. Heather H. Bobb will create the two abutments by removing the majority of the enamel layer of each of the anchoring teeth. Then she will leave small amount of enamel to protect the otherwise healthy interior of the teeth.

Dr. Heather H. Bobb 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. Once this is done she will secure temporary crowns, over each abutment to protect them while the lab works on your permanent bridge.

Dr. Heather H. Bobb will schedule a brief second appointment once your permanent bridge is completed. The temporary crowns are removed and your new bridge is cemented in place.

If one of your teeth has just been knocked out, you should seek out Dr. Heather H. Bobb’s office in Dripping Springs, Texas at 512-858-7200 for immediate treatment.