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Suffering a dental avulsion from a hard blow to the face or other oral trauma can knock a tooth out of the socket or severely damage it to the point that the tooth is lost. Should the damage be so severe that Dr. Scott Healey cannot viably save the tooth by a root canal, he might advocate extracting the remnants of the tooth and suturing the gums.

Once the area has fully healed, Dr. Scott Healey can then help you understand your options for restoring the tooth. Many people choose to have a dental implant inserted directly into the socket that is partnered with an eventual dental crown.

Dr. Scott Healey will install the titanium implant abutment into the socket by first making a careful incision in your gums. Then, he will drill a narrow channel in the bone. A titanium implant will then be screwed into the channel in the bone and your gums will be sutured closed.

Titanium is known for being biologically compatible and will eventually form an integrated bond with the surrounding bone tissues.

Once total fusion has been attained between the abutment and the surrounding bone structure, Dr. Scott Healey can go about the standard process of installing a crown. The material he recommends will be based on the tooth’s prevalence in your smile. Porcelain crowns can be shaded to match the enamel of the surrounding teeth, making them a good choice for restoring a front tooth. Gold and base metal crowns are durable, making them a potential option for restoring a back tooth.

If you’ve had a tooth knocked out or severely damaged and you’re interested in a dental implant in Lindon, Utah, you should call 801.653.0099 to schedule an appointment at Scott M. Healey Dentistry.