The American Association of Endodontists, estimates that an average of five million teeth are knocked out each year. Most are due to hard falls, blows to the face or sports injuries by athletes playing in contact sports without the benefit of a quality mouth guard.
In most cases, a knocked out tooth leaves some remnants in the socket that must be extracted, thus resulting in the total loss of the tooth. In a situation like this, Tetting & Tetting, D.D.S.’s dentists will often recommend replacing the lost tooth with a dental implant.
Sometimes tooth loss, extraction or chronic gum disease can result in a loss of bone structure in the area. If this is the case, your dentist might recommend having a bone graft installed first, to restore enough structure to mount the implant.
The dental implant procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis. Most people choose to be deeply sedated. This means you will need to arrange to have someone drive you home afterward while the sedative completely wears off.
To install an implant an oral surgeon makes a small incision in your gums. Then a titanium abutment is then screwed into place. Titanium is known for being biologically safe metal that, in time, will fuse to your natural jawbone.
Once everything has healed we can fit the titanium abutment with a standard crown. This will effectively restore the full function and appearance of the lost tooth for many years to come.
If you’ve recently had a tooth knocked out, you should call Tetting & Tetting, D.D.S.’s Appleton, Wisconsin clinic at 920.739.9612 to seek treatment and restoration.