A Dental Implant Might Be Needed to Replace a Severely Damaged Tooth

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The outer layer of each tooth in your mouth is clad in very durable tooth enamel. While this enables your teeth to be strong enough to bite and chew hard foods, your teeth are still not impervious to everything. Sometimes an accidental blow to the face can hit so hard that it severely cracks the tooth enamel. In an extreme case, it could damage the internal structures of the tooth, resulting in the total loss of the tooth.

In a situation like this, your dentist, Drs. Thomas M. Cox & David J. Manegold, might need to extract the remnants of the root and suture the gums. When you’re ready, they can help replace the tooth with a dental implant in West Chester, Ohio.

Your dentist will start the process of replacing the broken tooth with a thorough examination and X-rays. This gives them 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, they might recommend receiving a bone graft in that part of the jaw to restore sufficient bone to mount an implant.

Dental implants can usually be installed in a single outpatient appointment, requiring deep sedation. So, you will need to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home after the treatment

To install the dental implant, a small incision will be made in your gums to gain direct access to the underlying bone. A narrow channel will be drilled into the bone 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 to the surrounding bone tissues, your dentist can start the process of installing a standard dental crown.

If you have a tooth that has recently been damaged, you should not delay in contacting Cox and Manegold Dentistry at 513-777-5513 to understand your treatment and restoration options.