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A dental crown is typically secured onto an abutment that is made from the internal dentin layer of a tooth. In some rare cases, a dental trauma, like an accidental fall, can damage the root of the abutment, causing it to break off at the gumline. In an extreme case, the anchor of the crown might be knocked out of the socket.

In an extreme case like this, there might not be enough viable structure to secure a new crown in place. To alleviate the pain, Dr. Paul R. Stanovick might advocate extracting the remnants of the abutment from the socket before suturing your gums.

Once all the tissues have healed, Dr. Paul R. Stanovick can help you understand the restoration options available at Paul R. Stanovick, DDS.

In many of these situations, a dental bridge restoration proves to be a popular option. This is a single piece of dental work that replicates the full function and appearance of the broken tooth. The replacement tooth is fused to a pair of crowns that are anchored on abutments that are formed out of the two neighboring teeth.

Dr. Paul R. Stanovick will start by using a drill to remove the tooth enamel from each tooth to form a pair of abutments. This creates a small, protective sheath that houses the healthy pulp, root and nerve of each tooth.

Dr. Paul R. Stanovick will create a detailed impression of the abutments and the other corresponding teeth. This will be sent to a dental lab to help guide the technicians as they produce your new bridge.

A member of our Paul R. Stanovick, DDS staff will call you to schedule a second appointment when your new bridge is ready. It will then be cemented directly onto the two abutments with a strong dental adhesive.

If you live in the Mechanicsville, Virginia, area and you are suffering complications with your crowns, you should call 804-781-1919 to have it treated at Paul R. Stanovick, DDS.