Having a tooth knocked out by a blow to the face or other oral accident is often traumatic physically and emotionally. In most cases, the tooth is shattered in the socket and cannot be saved. In a case like this Dr. Lynn Leyde’s only course of action is to extract the tooth to prevent further complications.
Fortunately, dental implants have become the industry standard in restoration dentistry for replacing the knocked out tooth’s presence in your mouth.
To install an implant Dr. Lynn Leyde will need to first examine your mouth and take a few X-rays. This provides a detailed understanding of the overall health of your mouth as well as the available bone structure.
Dr. Lynn Leyde will then refer you to an oral surgeon to have the implant installed. The implant procedure is performed outpatient basis, requiring deep sedation. This means you will need to have someone drive you and help you at home, while you’re recovering.
During the implant procedure your oral surgeon will make a small incision is made in your gums to gain direct access to your jawbone. A narrow channel is made in the bone and a titanium abutment is screwed into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and will eventually fuse to your bones to create a very strong anchor.
After your gums have healed and the titanium abutment has become one with your jawbone, Dr. Lynn Leyde can fit the titanium abutment for a standard crown. With proper care and maintenance, this should restore your knocked out tooth for many years to come.
If you’ve had a tooth knocked out, and you’re interested in exploring your restoration options, you should call Dr. Lynn Leyde’s office in Shoreline, Washington at 206-546-8377 to ask about dental implants.