Your teeth are anchored into the socket by a series of periodontal ligaments. Even though these ligaments are strong enough to allow you to bite and chew food, they can sometimes give way when you have a hard fall or experience a blow to the face. In many cases, when a tooth is knocked out of the socket, it will suffer too much damage to be saved. The remnants of the tooth will need to be extracted to prevent complications.
One of the most effective ways to restore a knocked-out tooth is to have your dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Lopes, install a dental implant in its place.
Our Jeffrey Lopes DMD team starts the implantation process by examining your mouth and taking a few X-rays. This gives us a detailed understanding of your oral health and even of the condition of the available bone structure. If the knocked-out tooth resulted in the loss of bone structure, we might recommend that you receive a bone graft before we mount an implant.
The implant procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, which will require deep sedation. This means that you will need a friend or family member to drive you to and from your appointment.
During the implant procedure, your oral surgeon will make a small incision in your gums to gain direct access to your jawbone. A narrow channel is made in the bone and a titanium post is screwed into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and will eventually fuse to your bones to create a very strong anchor.
After your gums have healed and the titanium post has fused to your jawbone, your dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Lopes, can start the process of installing a standard crown on the titanium post.
If you’ve had a tooth knocked out, you should call Jeffrey Lopes DMD at 707-996-6704 to get a better understanding of dental implant restoration in Sonoma, California.