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The enamel layer of your teeth is designed to bite, chew and grind even the toughest of foods. Unfortunately, there are times when grinding your teeth at night or injuring your oral cavity can actually chip, crack or fracture one of your teeth. This is even more likely if you don’t use a high-quality mouthguard while playing contact sports.

Sometimes, the damage to the tooth can be so extensive that your dentist, Dr. Cynthia L. Skigen, cannot save the tooth, which will likely result in extraction to prevent further complications.

A dental bridge in Jacksonville, Florida, essentially replaces the function and appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused to a pair of dental crowns and the dental crowns are secured to the two closest neighboring teeth in the gap of your smile.

Your dentist will shape the anchoring teeth by using a drill to remove the majority of the enamel layer of each tooth. Our experienced dental team will then take an impression of the smile, which will include the void left by the missing tooth and the relationship to any other teeth in your bite pattern.

The impression will be sent to a dental lab to serve as a guide for the technicians so they can custom craft your permanent bridge. Once the impression is sent, a temporary crown is secured over each anchoring tooth to protect them while the lab technicians work on your permanent bridge.

We will call you back into our office once the dental lab has completed your bridge. During this appointment, the temporary crowns are removed and your new bridge is cemented in place.

If you have a cracked, fractured or broken tooth that is causing you pain and distress, you should call our dental team at 904-281-9988 to schedule an appointment.