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Your tooth enamel has been designed to be hard enough to chew and grind tough foods. Unfortunately, there are times when an accident or blow to the face can carry so much force that it fractures a tooth. If the damage is severe, Dr. James E. Gaff might not be able to save it via a root canal. The tooth might need to be extracted so it can later be replaced by a dental bridge.

A dental bridge in Jacksonville, Florida, is a single piece of dental work that replicates a natural tooth. It usually includes one false tooth and two or more dental crowns. It will eventually be anchored onto abutments formed out of the core of the two neighboring teeth.

Dr. James E. Gaff will form the two abutments by removing the tooth enamel from each tooth. The abutments will contain the dentin layer, the healthy pulp, and the root of the tooth. Then, he will form a detailed impression of the two abutments and the corresponding teeth. This will be sent to a state-of-the-art dental lab where your permanent bridge will be custom crafted to fill the void.

At the end of the appointment, he will secure a hard, plastic, temporary crown over each abutment to protect it while the dental lab technician does their work.

You will need to come in for a second appointment when your bridge is ready. The temporary crowns will then be removed and your dentist will cement your new bridge into place.

If you have a severely fractured or damaged tooth, you should call Dr. James E. Gaff at 904-641-2655 to seek timely treatment.