When a tooth is severely damaged by a blow to the face or other oral trauma, it can sometimes compromise the tooth so badly that your dentist, Dr. Steve Hong & Dennis Fee, cannot save it. In these extreme cases, they may advocate extracting the root and remnants of the tooth from the socket. Later they can help replace the tooth with a dental implant.
It’s important to assess the remaining bone structure in advance of receiving the implant. Sometimes extreme trauma can also compromise the surrounding bone structure, making it hard to anchor a dental implant. Should this prove to be the case, your dentist might recommend that you have a bone graft inserted into the area in advance of the dental implant.
Once any bone structure issues have been addressed, the titanium abutment can be installed by an oral surgeon. This is done by making an incision in your gums then making a small hole directly into the bone. The titanium abutment will be screwed into place and a temporary crown will be cemented over the top to protect it.
In time, the titanium implant abutment will integrate with the surrounding bone tissues to provide a firm anchor point for a dental crown. Once total fusion has been achieved, your dentist can fit you for a crown that will restore the tooth’s presence in your mouth for many years to come.
If you are suffering with a badly damaged tooth, you should not delay in calling 215-564-9010 to seek treatment at Philadelphia Dental Associates.