Your teeth get the incredible hardness to bite and chew hard foods, thanks to the strength of your tooth enamel. Unfortunately, there are some extreme situations when a blow to the face or other oral trauma can potentially crack, shatter or severely fracture a tooth. If the damage to the root and socket of the tooth is severe, your dentist, Dr. Vinh T. Pham, might need to extract the remnants of the root and suture the gums.
Once your gums have fully healed, he can then replace the damaged tooth by installing a dental implant. Your dentist starts the process with a thorough examination and X-rays. This gives him a detailed understanding of the overall health of your mouth as well as the available bone structure.
Dental implants can usually be installed in a single outpatient appointment requiring deep sedation. Afterward, there will still be some lingering sedative effects, so you will need to arrange to have someone drive you home.
To install the dental implant, your dentist will make a small incision in your gums to gain direct access to the underlying bone. A narrow channel will be drilled into 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.
Once your gums have healed and the titanium abutment has fused to the surrounding bone tissues, your dentist can start the process of installing a standard dental crown.
If you are suffering from a severely damaged tooth and you’re interested in a dental implant in Campbell, California, you should not delay in calling 408-378-8500 to seek treatment and restoration at Kirkwood Dental.