Restorative dentistry is a specialized form of dental treatments that focuses on replacing one or more missing teeth. While dental bridges used to be the industry standard for replacing teeth, in recent years more and more dentists, like Dr. Ronald Levine, have been recommending dental implants to replace a knocked-out tooth.
Before the implant can be successfully installed in your mouth, your dentist will need to assess the remaining bone structure in that part of your mouth. In the many cases, the trauma of having the tooth knocked out also compromises the bone structure in that part of your mouth. In a situation like this, we might recommend that you have a bone graft installed to restore sufficient structure to successfully anchor a dental implant.
To install the titanium abutment, an oral surgeon will make an incision in your gums. Then, a small hole will be drilled directly into the bone. The titanium abutment will be screwed into place and a hard, plastic, temporary crown will be cemented over the top to protect it.
In time, the titanium implant will naturally integrate into the surrounding bone tissues in a process known as osseointegration. Once this has been achieved, Dr. Ronald Levine will take a detailed impression of the implant and the related teeth in your bite. This will be sent to an off-site dental lab where a crown will be custom crafted. With proper care and cleaning, your restored tooth should serve you for a long time to come.
If one of your teeth has been knocked out, please call Blue Ribbon Dental at 301-540-8808 to find out more about dental implants and how they can restore your confident smile in Germantown, Maryland.