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Your tooth enamel is harder than your bones. However, there are still times when a fall or blow to the face can badly chip or fracture one of your teeth. This is even more likely if you grind your teeth at night. Even if the damaged enamel doesn’t cause pain, you should still have your dentist examine the tooth.

A severely cracked tooth often causes a persistent ache, sharp pain, or excessive sensitivity.
In an extreme case, the crack in the tooth can be so severe that Dr. Eli J. Lawrence’s only available treatment option is to completely extract the cracked tooth. Once your gums have healed following the extraction, he can help you understand your replacement options. One of the most effective ways to replace your tooth is to install a dental bridge.

A dental bridge in Chicago, Illinois, is an appliance that mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. The replacement tooth is fused to a pair of crowns that correspond to the two neighboring teeth.

The first step in installing the bridge involves forming abutments out of the two neighboring teeth. Dr. Eli J. Lawrence does this by removing the enamel layer from each tooth and leaving the internal structures safe and sound.

Then, he will make a detailed impression of the abutments and surrounding teeth. This impression will be sent to a dental lab to help guide the technicians as they produce your permanent bridge. A temporary crown is cemented over each abutment to protect it while you await completion of your final bridge.

Once the dental lab has completed your permanent bridge, Dr. Eli J. Lawrence will call you in for a brief follow-up appointment. During this visit, the temporary crowns will be removed and your new permanent bridge will be cemented into place.

If you are interested in replacing a tooth with a dental bridge, you should call Dr. Eli J. Lawrence at 312-236-9895 to seek urgent treatment.