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Participating in athletics, especially contact sports, is not without its risks. While the occasional bump or bruise might be expected, there are times when more serious injuries can occur. If you participate in contact sports without the benefit of a high-quality mouth guard, there is a very real risk that one of your teeth can be knocked out.

In many cases, when a tooth is knocked out by a blow to the face, it leaves remnants of the tooth still lodged in the socket. This effectively kills the tooth and your Family Dental Care Park Ridge’s dentist will need to extract the remnants. Once your gums have healed, they will likely recommend restoring the knocked out tooth with a bridge.

This is essentially one single piece of dental work with a crown on each end. It can be mounted onto abutments formed from the neighboring teeth.

Your Family Dental Care Park Ridge’s dentist then forms each abutment by removing most of the enamel of each tooth. Then they create a detailed impression of each abutment and the corresponding teeth in your personal bite pattern. This will be sent to our dental lab where your new bridge is produced.

Then they will secure temporary crowns over each abutment to protect them while the dental lab works on your final bridge.

When the dental lab has completed your permanent bridge, your dentist at Family Dental Care Park Ridge will call you in for a brief second appointment. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be secured in place atop the abutments.

If one of your teeth has been knocked out, you should not delay in contacting Family Dental Care Park Ridge’s office in Park Ridge, Illinois at (847) 692.6800 to seek immediate treatment for an effective restoration.