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A severe blow to the mouth from an athletic injury, or household fall can potentially cause major oral trauma. Such an injury can harm teeth and soft oral tissues on the cheek, tongue and gums. In some cases, a tooth might be fractured at the gumline or knocked completely out of the socket.

If the tooth itself or the socket have been too badly damaged to be treated with a root canal, our dentist, Dr. Willis Jensen might suggest an extraction. This will remove the tooth and allow your gums and other traumatized oral tissues to heal. The dentist can help you understand your dental restoration options. This might call for him to perform a dental bridge restoration to fully replace the missing tooth. This treatment process begins with the dentist examining the two teeth on each end of the gap to make sure they are healthy and strong. Then he will carefully remove the enamel layer from each of these teeth. This leaves behind a pair of abutments made from the dentin, that hold the crowns which will anchor the bridge. The bridge is often created in a dental lab. You will need to return for a second appointment at Willis J Jensen DDS to have it cemented in place with a strong dental adhesive.

If you live in the Arlington Heights, Illinois, area and you have suffered a severe oral trauma, you should call 847-577-7440 to seek emergency dental care at Willis J Jensen DDS.