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Every year, nearly five million teeth are knocked out and are in need of restoration. While many of these knocked-out teeth are a result of sports accidents, there are still many teeth that get knocked out because of a hard fall or other unexpected accident.

In a few rare cases, our Carp Dental team can implant the knocked-out tooth back into the socket. However, this is only possible if the tooth is whole and still alive. If the accident killed the tooth or fractured it, leaving remains in the socket, the tooth cannot be saved. The remnants must be extracted and the gums sutured closed.

A dental bridge in Norristown, Pennsylvania, is an appliance that is fused to two dental crowns that are mounted on the two closest neighboring teeth. Once secured in place, the bridge will completely restore the appearance and function of all three teeth.

The process of installing a bridge starts with your dentist, Dr. Brian Carp, shaping the two closest teeth. This is done by removing most of the enamel layer of the teeth, leaving only the healthy interior structures behind.

Dr. Brian Carp will carefully form an impression of the smile and will send the impression to a dental lab, which will serve as a guide for the technicians while they craft a custom bridge for you. The dentist will then secure temporary crowns over each anchoring tooth to protect them during the interim.

Dr. Brian Carp will schedule your second appointment once your permanent bridge is ready. During this appointment, the temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented securely in place.

If you’ve had one or more teeth knocked out, you should call Dr. Brian Carp at 610-275-1565 to have them restored by a dental bridge.