A Tooth Lost to a Sports Injury Might Be Replaced by a Dental Implant

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Many contact sports and rigorous athletics require the use of a quality mouth guard to help prevent or reduce the damage caused by oral trauma. Unfortunately, there are some athletes who find the mouth guards sold in stores to be bulky, uncomfortable or impede breathing. This might tempt you to forgo using it, and place yourself at risk of severe dental trauma.

If a tooth is damaged by a blow to the face, the dental specialists at Montes Periodontics & Implant Dentistry’s Cumming, Georgia clinic might be able to treat it with an endodontic therapy. Also known as a root canal, this method of treatment will remove the tooth enamel and any other traumatized tissues. The structure of the tooth will then be replaced, and the tooth restored by a crown.

Sometimes a severe dental trauma can significantly damage the root of the tooth or underlying socket. To ease the pain and prevent a potential infection, we might recommend a total extraction for a tooth severely traumatized. Once the gums have been sutured and allowed to heal, the pain will abate, while any potential infection is prevented.

When you’re ready, we can help you understand your dental restoration options. Many people choose to have a dental implant inserted directly into the socket to prepare an anchor point for an eventual crown.

The oral surgeon will install the titanium implant abutment into the socket by first making a careful incision in your gums. They will then make a narrow channel in the underlying bone. A titanium implant is then screwed into place and your gums are sutured closed.

Titanium is known for being biologically inert and will gradually bond with the surrounding bone tissues. Once total fusion has been attained between the abutment and the surrounding bone structure, we can start the process of fitting you for a custom crown restoration.

If you live in the Cumming, Georgia area and you are suffering from dental trauma, you should call 770-781-3685 to seek treatment at Montes Periodontics & Implant Dentistry’s clinic.