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The enamel on your teeth – the hard surface that makes up the outside of your teeth – is extremely hard. In fact, it’s hard enough that you can chew, bite, and grind hard food. But even though enamel is the hardest substance found in the human body, it’s still subject to failing. Any sort of injury to your teeth can result in cracked enamel, which requires immediate attention. A cracked tooth opens yourself up to serious pain, and possible loss of the tooth if you don’t treat it properly.

One of the most common restoration methods Dr. Stephen T. McInerney recommends, is to have the cracked and extracted tooth restored by installing a bridge.

A bridge is single piece of dental work, that looks similar to a series of three crowns that have been fused together into one single unit.

To create the abutments Dr. Stephen T. McInerney needs to remove the enamel layer from each of the neighboring teeth. The abutments look like little posts and will later serve to anchor your bridge in place.

At the end of this first appointment Dr. Stephen T. McInerney will make an impression of the abutments and corresponding teeth in your bite pattern. Then he will cover the abutments with a pair of temporary crowns.

The impression is sent to a dental lab as a guide, while they create your permanent bridge.

When the dental lab has completed your new bridge, Dr. Stephen T. McInerney will call you back in for a second appointment to remove the temporary crowns and cement your new bridge in place.

If you’ve recently cracked a tooth, or even lost one, call Dr. Stephen T. McInerney today to schedule an appointment so you can get your smile fixed.