If you participate in vigorous athletics or contact sports without wearing a quality mouthguard, then you are at an increased risk of having a tooth knocked out. When this happens, the trauma is often so severe that the tooth is lost. Fortunately, your dentist, Dr. Rakhi Jani, can help replace a knocked-out tooth with a dental implant in Livermore, California.
Dental implants are quickly becoming the industry’s standard in restorative dentistry when replacing a knocked-out tooth.
To install an implant, Dr. Rakhi Jani 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 in your jaw.
Dr. Rakhi Jani will then refer you to an oral surgeon to have the implant installed. The implant procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, requiring deep sedation. This means you will need to have someone drive you home after your appointment.
During the implant procedure, we will make a small incision in your gums to gain direct access to your jawbone. A narrow channel will be made in 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.
After your gums have healed and the titanium abutment has become one with your jawbone, Dr. Rakhi Jani can fit the titanium abutment for a standard dental crown. With proper care and maintenance, this should replace 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, we invite you to call Smiles Unlimited at 925.344.5757 to ask about dental implants. We are always happy to help restore your confident smile!