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It’s not uncommon for something like a blow to the face or a hard fall to severely crack one of your teeth. Sometimes, the damage to the tooth is so extensive that it cannot be saved, even with a root canal. In a situation like this, your dentist, Dr. Faith Cousins, will often recommend that the cracked or fractured tooth is completely extracted.

One of the most effective methods for replacing the extracted tooth is for Dr. Faith Cousins to install a dental bridge. The dental bridge in Silver Spring, Maryland, looks and functions like a natural tooth. It is made of one or more false teeth and two dental crowns that anchor the bridge into place. The bridge is anchored to the two neighboring teeth that lie on both sides of the gap in your mouth.

Our Faith Cousins DDS team reshapes the anchoring teeth by removing a majority of the enamel from their surfaces.

Then, we will take an impression of the entire area. This impression will be sent to a dental lab that will make your new bridge. Dr. Faith Cousins will then secure a temporary crown over each abutment to protect it while the dental lab works on your final bridge.

Dr. Faith Cousins will call you in for a brief follow-up appointment once the dental lab has completed your bridge. During this appointment, the temporary crowns will be removed and your dentist will cement your new bridge into place.

If you have a severely cracked tooth or a tooth that has recently been extracted, you should call Dr. Faith Cousins at 301-589-2714 to explore your restoration options. We are happy to see if a dental bridge in Silver Spring, Maryland, is the right option for you!