Even though your tooth enamel is very hard, there are situations that can actually cause it to fracture deeply. This is more common if you grind your teeth at night without using a snore guard, or you participate in contact sports without the benefit of a quality mouth guard.
In some extreme cases, a fracture can be so severe that the tooth cannot be saved by any other means. Should this be the case Dr. Dido Kim might recommend having the entire tooth extracted before restoring it with a bridge.
A bridge is essentially an artificial tooth that is fused onto two crowns. The bridge will be mounted onto abutments formed out of the two closest teeth. Once your gums are healed it often requires two separate appointments.
The first appointment involves Dr. Dido Kim examining the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are healthy and strong enough to anchor the bridge. Then he will remove most of the enamel layer from each tooth forming the abutments.
Dr. Dido Kim will then create an impression of the area, including the abutments and your personal bite pattern in that area. This information will be used as a guide by the dental lab that will custom make your bridge. Finally, he will secure a temporary crown over each abutment to protect it while you await completion of your final bridge.
Dr. Dido Kim will call you back in for a short follow up procedure once he receives the completed bridge from the dental lab. The temporary crowns will be removed and your permanent bridge can be cemented in place.
If you have a severely fractured tooth, you should call Dr. Dido Kim as soon as possible at 201-854-5500 to schedule an appointment.