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If you forgo using a mouthguard while playing in a vigorous sport, you are at significant risk of suffering dental trauma. Sometimes a blow to the face can carry enough force to knock one of your teeth out of its socket.

When this happens timely first-aid is of critical importance. You can rinse any blood out of your mouth with a little lukewarm salt water. This might give you a clear view of the trauma before seeking dental care at Dr. Bruce Utterback and Pia Sweeney’s clinic.

If the tooth is too badly damaged to be treated by a root canal, Dr. Bruce Utterback and Pia Sweeney might recommend extracting the remnants from the socket. Dr. Bruce Utterback and Pia Sweeney will likely provide you with a prescription for anti-inflammatory or pain management medication. This will help ease the pain while your gums heal.

Once all the traumatized tissues have knit together Dr. Bruce Utterback and Pia Sweeney can start the process of restoring the tooth with a dental bridge. This is basically an artificial tooth that mimics the appearance of the original tooth. It is fused into a solid piece of dental work with an open crown on each end.

It will need to be anchored onto abutments formed out of the healthy core of the two closest teeth. This calls for Dr. Bruce Utterback and Pia Sweeney to remove the tooth enamel from each of the teeth.

An impression will be prepared for the area and any other relevant teeth in your bite pattern. This will be sent to a dental lab where your dental bridge will be created. Dr. Bruce Utterback and Pia Sweeney will then secure a temporary crown over each abutment to protect it while the lab completes their work.

Once it’s been cemented in place with a strong dental adhesive your new dental bridge will restore the previously knocked out tooth for many years to come.

If you live in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and you’re suffered a dental trauma, you should call 757.222.3737 to seek treatment at Sweeney Utterback Dentistry.