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Your tooth enamel is very hard and durable. Unfortunately, there are occasions when an accident, hard fall or a blow to the face can actually fracture one or more of your teeth. Sometimes the fracture can extend so deep into the internal structures of the tooth that it simply can’t be restored by any means. In a situation like this Dr. Bennett R. Shanker might recommend the tooth be extracted and the gum sutured closed.

The void created by the missing tooth can do more than simply impair your ability to eat food. Over time the void left by the missing tooth can cause the neighboring teeth to twist or even start to migrate towards the void. This can lead to a series of problems, including bite and alignment problems.

Dr. Bennett R. Shanker can restore the missing tooth and effectively restore the lost structure, by installing a bridge. A bridge essentially mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused to a pair of crowns, that are anchored on abutments formed from the neighboring teeth.

Dr. Bennett R. Shanker forms the abutments by removing the majority of enamel from the two closest teeth. A small amount of enamel is left to protect the healthy interior of the teeth.

Next, Dr. Bennett R. Shanker forms an impression of the abutments, and the void as well as the relationship to the other teeth in your bite. This will serve as guide for the dental lab that will create your new bridge. Temporary crowns, will then cemented over each abutment to protect them during the interim.

Dr. Bennett R. Shanker will call you in for a brief second appointment, after the lab has completed the bridge. The temporary crowns and cement your new bridge in place.

If you have a fractured, damaged or missing tooth that needs to be restored, you need to call Dr. Bennett R. Shanker at 856-455-1183 to schedule an appointment.