Having a tooth knocked out from a sports injury or other accidental blow to the face, can be a serious cause for concern. In rare cases, the tooth is knocked out whole and one of Advanced Dental’s dentists might be able to implant it back in the socket. Most of the time when a tooth is knocked out, some of the root remains in the socket and needs to be extracted.
Once your gums have completely healed Advanced Dental’s dentists might recommend restoring the knocked out tooth by installing a dental implant.
The process starts by taking some X-rays of the area to ensure there is sufficient bone structure to mount an implant.
A dental implant can be installed on an outpatient basis and often requires deep sedation. You will need to arrange to have someone drive you home afterward, and lend a hand until you’re back at full strength.
During the installation, a small incision is made in your gums. A narrow channel is then drilled into the bone and a titanium abutment is screwed into place. A hard plastic temporary crown will be secured over the abutment to protect it. In time the titanium abutment will naturally fuse with the surrounding bone material.
When the abutment is ready, your Advanced Dental dentist will take an impression of the abutment. This will be sent to a dental lab where your permanent crown is prepared. Once it has been cemented in place, it will fully restore the knocked out tooth’s presence in your mouth for many years to come.
If you’ve had a tooth knocked out, you should not delay in contacting Advanced Dental’s offices in Mankato, Minnesota at 507-345-1284 to explore your treatment and restoration options.