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Participating in high-contact sports is not without its risks. While the occasional bump or bruise might be expected, there are times when more serious injuries can occur. If you participate in contact sports without wearing a high-quality mouthguard, there is a high risk that one of your teeth can be knocked out.

In many cases, when a tooth is knocked out by a blow to the face, it leaves remnants of the tooth in the socket. This kills the tooth, and your dentist, Dr. John S. Grisham, will need to extract the remnants. Once your gums have healed following the extraction, he will likely recommend replacing the knocked-out tooth with a dental bridge.

A dental bridge in Littleton, New Hampshire, is made of two dental crowns and one or more false teeth. The two crowns are anchored by the remaining natural teeth that lie on both sides of the gap in your mouth.

Dr. John S. Grisham will reshape your anchoring teeth by removing most of their enamel. Then, he will create a detailed impression of your smile and will send the impression to the dental lab where your new bridge is produced.

At the end of this appointment, he will secure temporary crowns over each anchoring tooth to protect them while the dental lab works on your final bridge.

When the dental lab has completed your permanent bridge, Dr. John S. Grisham will call you into John S. Grisham, DDS for a brief second appointment. During this appointment, the temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be secured into place.

If one of your teeth has been knocked out, you should not delay in contacting John S. Grisham, DDS at 603-444-2100 to schedule an appointment.