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Each of the teeth in your mouth is anchored into the socket by a series of periodontal ligaments. While this holds the tooth securely in place for common activities like chewing food, there are times when a blow to the face or an accidental hard fall can actually knock one of your teeth out.

In a few rare cases, the tooth is knocked out whole and Dr. Kevin J. Reece can attempt to implant it back into the socket. However, the majority of the time, a knocked out tooth is too damaged to survive the procedure to implant it. When this happens, our dentist will need to extract any remnants of the tooth and suture your gums.

Once your gums have healed, Dr. Kevin J. Reece can begin the process of restoring the knocked out tooth with a common dental bridge. A bridge essentially mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused to a pair of crowns, that are anchored on the neighboring teeth (abutment teeth).

Dr. Kevin J. Reece will prepare the abutment teeth by shaping the enamel. Then he will form an impression of the abutment teeth as well as the void and your personal bite pattern. This will be sent to our dental lab, where your new bridge is made.

Dr. Kevin J. Reece will then secure temporary crowns, over each abutment tooth to protect them while the lab is busy producing the bridge.

We will call you back in for a brief follow up appointment when your bridge comes back from the dental lab. The temporary crowns will be removed and he will cement your new bridge in place.

If one of your teeth has recently been knocked out, you should call our office at 801-465-4474 to learn if a dental crown in Payson, Utah, is right for you.