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The enamel layer of your teeth is designed to bite, chew and grind even the toughest of foods. Unfortunately, there are times when grinding your teeth at night or injuring your oral cavity can actually chip, crack or fracture one of your teeth. This is even more likely to occur if you participate in contact sports without wearing a mouthguard.

In an extreme case, the damage might be so extensive that your dentist, Dr. David J. Harsant, cannot save the tooth, which will likely result in extraction to prevent further complications.

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

The process of installing a bridge starts with your dentist 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. David J. Harsant will carefully form an impression of the smile. The impression is sent to a dental lab to 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. David J. Harsant will schedule your second appointment once your permanent bridge is ready. During this appointment, the temporary crowns are removed and your new bridge is cemented securely in place.

If you have a severely cracked, damaged or missing tooth, you should call experienced dental teamĀ at 910.864.4646 to explore your treatment and restoration options.