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Your tooth enamel is hard enough to give you the ability to bite off, chew, and grind hard foods. However, there are situations when a hard fall, blow to the face, or other accident can carry enough force to crack a tooth. In extreme situations, a cracked tooth might be so badly damaged that it needs to be extracted and restored by other means.

One of the more common restoration methods Dr. Kyle M. Triggs recommends is to have the cracked and extracted tooth restored by installing a bridge. A bridge is single piece of dental work, that looks similar to a series of three crowns that have been fused together into one single unit.

The actual restoration attaches to abutments made from neighboring teeth. To create the abutments Dr. Kyle M. Triggs needs to remove the enamel layer from each of the neighboring teeth. The abutments look like little posts and will later serve to anchor your bridge in place.

At the end of this first appointment our dentist will make an impression of the abutments and corresponding teeth in your bite pattern. Then he will cover the abutments with a pair of temporary crowns. The impression is sent to a dental lab as a guide, while they create your permanent bridge.

When the dental lab has completed your new bridge, we will call you back in for a second appointment to remove the temporary crowns and cement your new bridge in place.

If you have recently cracked or lost a tooth, you should call Alaska Dental Associates at 907-562-2284 to schedule an appointment to explore your restoration options.