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Sometimes an accidental oral trauma can carry so much force that it knocks a tooth out of the socket. If the tooth is whole and kept alive, the dental care specialists at Art of the Smiles might be able to install it back into the socket.

Unfortunately, some of these cases the trauma to the tooth or dental socket is so severe that there isn’t sufficient healthy structure remaining for your dentist to viably treat the tooth with a root canal. In a case like this, our team might advocate extracting whatever remains of the tooth to help alleviate the pain and prevent further complications.

This might also include your dentist providing you with a prescription for pain medication or anti-inflammatories.

Once your gums have fully healed the missing tooth might be replaced by installing a dental bridge. This single piece of dental work consists of two crowns that are bonded to an artificial tooth that corresponds to the void. It will eventually be anchored onto abutments formed from the core of the two nearest teeth.

When the dental bridge is ready, you will need to return to Dr. Huang’s clinic for a second appointment. Your new dental bridge will then be cemented in place with a strong dental adhesive. If you live in the Federal Way, Washington, area and you have just suffered a knocked out tooth or another form of severe oral trauma, you should call 253-839-4048 to seek emergency treatment at Art of the Smiles.