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Sometimes an accidental blow to the mouth can carry enough force to sever the periodontal connective tissues that anchor a tooth into its socket in your gums. In some of these cases, the damage to the tooth or the local oral structure is so severe that a dentist like Dr. Seth Conley simply cannot save the tooth with endodontic therapy.

In a case, this severe a total extraction might prove to be the only viable method for treating the tooth and preventing further complications. Dr. Seth Conley will then close the socket and provide you with a prescription for pain medication. This will help gradually alleviate the pain while the traumatized oral tissues heal.

When you are ready, he can help you understand your options for replacing the knocked-out tooth. This might include replacing it with a dental bridge. This is an effective dental restoration that doesn’t involve the oral surgery associated with a dental implant restoration.

The dental bridge is basically an artificial tooth designed to mimic the appearance of the original knocked-out tooth. It is fused into a solid piece of dental work that essentially have a dental crown on each end. It will need to be anchored onto abutments produced by removing the tooth enamel from the two nearest teeth.

At this point, Dr. Seth Conley will prepare an impression of the area and any other relevant teeth in your bite pattern. It will need to be sent to a dental lab where your dental bridge will be created by specially trained dental technicians.

Once your new dental bridge has been cemented into place it will completely restore your knocked-out tooth.

If you live in New Castle, Indiana, and you or someone near you has just suffered a severe dental trauma, you should call 765-529-4300 to seek emergency dental care at Family Dental Care of New Castle.