Some forms of oral trauma can carry enough force to sever the periodontal ligaments that anchor a tooth in its socket. In a situation like this, seeking emergency care from professionally trained dentists like Dr. Ronald Hauptman & Bahar Rowhani is very important.
If the tooth was fractured at the gum line or the dental socket was severely traumatized there might not be sufficient healthy tissues remaining for Dr. Hauptman or Dr. Rowhani to viably treat the tooth with a root canal. In a case like this, they might advocate extracting whatever remains of the tooth to allow your gums to heal.
To help ease the recovery process they might also provide you with a prescription for pain medication or anti-inflammatories. After your gums have fully healed they can help you understand the potential options for replacing the knocked out tooth. This might include installing a dental bridge.
A dental bridge is a single piece of dental work consisting of two crowns that are bonded to an artificial tooth in the middle. It will eventually be anchored onto abutments formed from the core of the two nearest teeth. When the dental bridge is ready a member of our staff will call you to schedule a second appointment. This will involve Dr. Hauptman or Dr. Rowhani cementing your new dental bridge in place with a strong dental adhesive.
If you live in the Falls Church, Virginia, area and you have suffered a severe oral trauma, please call 703-241-0666 to seek emergency treatment at Ronald Hauptman, DDS and Bahar Rowhani, DDS.