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If you are an athlete participating in contact sports without the protection of a quality mouthguard, then you are at increased risk of having a tooth knocked out. When this happens, the trauma is often so severe that the tooth is lost. Drs. David G. Ogle’s only effective treatment option might be to extract the tooth. Later, they can help you replace the knocked-out tooth with a dental implant.

To install a dental implant in Newburgh, Indiana, your dentist 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.

The implant can be installed in a single appointment. You will need to be fully sedated during this time, so you will need to have someone drive you home after your appointment.

During the implant procedure, a small incision will be made 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, we 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, you should call Family Dentistry at 812.853.3313 to seek urgent treatment.