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As hard as your tooth enamel is, there are still times when a hard blow to the face or other oral trauma can carry so much force that it shatters a tooth. In an extreme case, the damage could compromise a significant amount of the pulp or even damage the root. If it’s too severe, your dentist, Dr. George R. Hussey, might need to extract the tooth to treat the pain and prevent further complications.

Later, he can help you replace the cracked tooth by installing a dental bridge. This single piece of dental work essentially replicates the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused to a pair of crowns on each end that will eventually be anchored on abutments formed from the neighboring teeth.

Dr. George R. Hussey will form the abutments by removing the tooth enamel from the two closest teeth. Then, he will create a detailed impression of the abutments and any other corresponding teeth in your bite pattern. This will be sent to our dental lab where your new bridge will be made.

Then, he will cement hard, plastic, temporary crowns over each abutment to protect it while the lab technician works to produce your new dental bridge in Arlington, Washington.

Once the lab technician has completed your bridge, Dr. George R. Hussey will call you back in for a second appointment. The temporary crowns will be removed and he will cement your permanent bridge in place during this appointment.

If you have a cracked tooth, you should not delay in contacting George R. Hussey, DDS, FAGD at 360.653.5197 to have it treated and repaired.