A hard fall or blow to the face can sometimes impart so much force that it can shattered tooth enamel, or sever the periodontal ligaments anchoring a tooth in place. Commonly referred to as a knocked out tooth, a case like this almost always results in total tooth loss. In many cases Niloufer G. Hamsayeh, DDS’s dentists need to go back in and extract the remnants of the tooth to prevent further pain and future infection.
Once your gums have completely healed, you can restore the knocked out tooth’s presence in your mouth by having us install a dental implant.
Before installing the implant it’s important to assess the remaining bone structure in that part of your mouth. Sometimes when a tooth is knocked out it takes corresponding bone tissue with it. Should you lack sufficient bone structure, we might recommend having a bone graft installed beforehand.
To install the titanium abutment, an oral surgeon will make an incision in your gums. Then a small hole is drilled directly into the bone. The titanium abutment is screwed into place and a hard plastic temporary crown is cemented over top to protect it.
In time the titanium implant will integrate with the surrounding bone tissues in a process known as osseointegration. Then a Niloufer G. Hamsayeh, DDS dentist can fit you for a crown that will restore the tooth’s presence in your mouth for many years to come.
If one of your teeth has been knocked out, you should call Niloufer G. Hamsayeh, DDS’s San Francisco, California clinic at 415.682.6377 for immediate treatment.