One of the common threats posed by playing in contact sports is to have one or more teeth knocked out from a blow to the face. While a quality mouth guard can prevent this from happening, many athletes mistakenly forgo using one. As a result, it is estimated by the American Dental Association that nearly three million teeth are knocked out each year during the course of athletic activities.
The process for replacing your knocked out tooth with a dental implant starts with one of Family Dental of Roscoe’s dentists examining the area and taking a few X-rays. It’s important to make sure you have sufficient bone structure to mount a dental implant. If the knocked out tooth also took some bone structure with it, you might need to have a dental implant.
To install a dental implant an oral surgeon will drill a small channel into your jaw bone. Then a titanium implant is screwed into place. This forms an abutment that will eventually fuse to the surrounding bone tissues to create a powerful anchor.
Once the implant is fully integrated into your jaw, your Family Dental of Roscoe dentist can go about the standard practice of installing a crown. This will fully restore the tooth’s presence in your mouth.
If you’ve had a tooth knocked out, you should call Family Dental of Roscoe’s office in Chicago, Illinois at 773-327-6500 to discuss having it restored by a dental implant.