Beyond the obvious trauma and need for immediate attention, having one of your teeth knocked out can affect you on multiple levels. While it obviously impairs your ability to chew food, the gap caused by the knocked-out tooth can also start to change the alignment of the surrounding teeth.
In a situation like this, your dentist, Dr. Eric Goldberg, will often refer you to an oral surgeon to start the process of replacing the knocked-out tooth with a dental implant in Exton, Pennsylvania.
At the first appointment, the doctor will examine the jaw bone where the tooth is missing and take some X-rays or perform a CT scan.
Having a dental implant installed is often an outpatient procedure, which will require dental sedation. Because you will be sedated, you will need to arrange to have someone drive you to and from your appointment.
Once you are sedated and comfortable, your oral surgeon will make a small incision in the gums to gain direct access to the underlying bone. A small channel is drilled into the bone and a titanium post is screwed into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and will eventually fuse with the jaw bone.
After the titanium implant has completely fused into your jawbone, our Eric Goldberg, DDS team will be able to fit you for a dental crown to fully restore the structure, function and appearance of the knocked-out tooth.
If one of your teeth has been knocked out, you should call Dr. Eric Goldberg at 610-363-6181 to set up an appointment to explore your restoration options.