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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, Samuel E. Schmitz, William R. Hart, & David Fickas’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.