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Vigorous athletic activities and contact sports pose significant risk of injury. Beyond bruises and joint injuries, athletes who fail to use an applicable mouthguard are also at risk of a blow to the face knocking a tooth out. Most of these dental avulsions cause so much damage to the tooth and the anchoring socket that it result in total tooth loss.

In a situation like this, Dr. Mark L. Pitel will often advocate extracting any remnants of the tooth from the socket. This will help alleviate the pain and prevent an infection from developing in the injured tissues.

Once your gums have fully healed, Dr. Mark L. Pitel can help you explore your dental replacement options. One of the more popular methods is to install a dental bridge.

This is basically an artificial tooth that mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused into a base with a hollow crown at each end. It will eventually be anchored onto abutments that are formed out of the core of the two closest teeth.

Dr. Mark L. Pitel will create the two abutments from the cores of the neighboring teeth by removing the tooth enamel with a drill. This leaves behind healthy dentin cores that protect the pulp and root within each tooth.

A detailed impression will be made of the area and the corresponding teeth in your bite pattern. This will be sent to Dr. Mark L. Pitel’s off-site dental lab where your new bridge will be made. Hard, plastic caps, which are called temporary crowns, will then be secured over each abutment to protect them until your new bridge is ready.

Dr. Mark L. Pitel will call you to schedule a brief second appointment when the bridge is created. Then, he will remove the temporary crowns and cement your new bridge in place over the abutments.

If you live in Poughkeepsie, New York, and you are suffering from a damaged tooth, you should call 845-454-0790 to have it treated and restored at Mark L. Pitel, DMD, PC.

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