Even though your teeth are tough, it is still possible for a hard fall or blow to the face to badly damage a tooth and severely injure the pulp or root. In a severe case, your Riverside Dental dentists might not be able to save the tooth with a root canal. The broken tooth may need to be extracted and the gums sutured to alleviate pain and prevent infection.
Once your gums have healed, our team can help you understand your options for replacing the tooth. One of the most effective methods is to have a dental implant installed directly into your jaw.
We start the implant process with a thorough examination and X-rays. This gives us a detailed understanding of the overall health of your mouth as well as 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 to restore sufficient jaw structure to mount an implant.
Dental implants are installed in a single outpatient appointment, requiring deep sedation. So, you will need to arrange to have a friend or family member drive you home after your appointment.
To install the dental implant in Jacksonville, Florida, an oral surgeon will make a small incision in your gums to gain direct access to the underlying bone. A narrow channel will be drilled and a titanium abutment will be screwed into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and will eventually fuse to your bones to create a very strong anchor.
Once your gums have healed and the titanium abutment has fused into place, we can start the process of installing a standard crown.
If you have a broken or damaged tooth, you should call Riverside Dental at 904.355.5531 for urgent treatment.