Your teeth are held in their sockets by a series of super-strong periodontal ligaments. When a tooth is knocked out by something like a blow to the face, it often shatters the tooth, leaving some of it still attached in the socket. When this happens, the tooth simply cannot be saved and your surgeon, Dr. Greg Hueler & Dr. Noah Sandler, will need to extract the remnants.
Once your gums have healed, Dr. Greg Hueler & Dr. Noah Sandler will examine the jaw structure in the area. Sometimes when a tooth is knocked out, the damage to the jaw results in bone loss, which can make it difficult to mount a dental implant. If this is the case for you, you will need to have a bone graft installed in advance of the implant procedure.
Dr. Greg Hueler & Dr. Noah Sandler will install the implant. by making a careful incision in your gums. A narrow channel will then be made in your jaw bone. A titanium implant will then be screwed into the channel and your gums will be sutured closed. Titanium is known for being biologically safe and it will fully integrate with your natural bone in a process known as osseointegration.
Once the implant has been completely incorporated with the surrounding bone tissues, your dentist can go about the process of installing a dental crown. This will fully replace the missing tooth for a long time to come.
If you’ve had a tooth knocked out, we invite you to contact Midwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at 952-226-7940 to understand your treatment and restoration options. We are happy to restore your healthy, confident smile!