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While it is rare, there are still things like a hard fall or blow to the face that can actually crack a tooth. This is even more likely if you participate in contact sports without the benefit of a high-quality mouth guard.

There are sometimes when a crack can be so extreme that Arnold H. Brokstein, DDS’s team of dental professionals, simply can’t save it. In a case like this, we might simply recommend having the cracked tooth completely extracted. Later we can restore the tooth with a bridge.

A bridge essentially mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused to a pair of crowns, which are anchored on abutments formed from the core of the next two closest teeth.

Your dentist will form the abutments by removing the majority of the enamel layer of each tooth. Then a detailed impression is taken of the area, which will be sent to our dental lab where your new bridge is made.

In the interim, temporary crowns are secured over each abutment to keep it safe, while you await completion of the bridge.

Once your bridge is completed, we will call you back in for a second appointment. The temporary crowns will be removed and your permanent bridge is cemented firmly onto the two abutments.

If you have a deeply cracked tooth, you should not delay in calling Arnold H. Brokstein, DDS’s office in Oakland, California at 510-482-5700 to explore your treatment and restoration options.