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Having a tooth knocked out by a blow to the face or other oral accident is often a physically and emotionally traumatic experience. The loss of the tooth can impair the function of your mouth while also leaving you feeling self-conscious about your appearance.

In recent years, dental implants have become the industry’s standard in restorative dentistry for replacing a knocked-out tooth.

To install an implant, your dentists, Dr. Hoffman, Flicker, and Sher, 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.

Then, they will refer you to an oral surgeon to have the implant installed. This can often be done in a single outpatient appointment, which will require deep sedation. This means you will need to have someone drive you home after your appointment.

An oral surgeon will then make a small incision 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 jaw, Dr. Hoffman, Flicker, and Sher can fit the titanium abutment for a 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 and you’re interested in a dental implant in Chicago, Illinois, you should call Oradent Associates at 773-478-5520 to see if you’re a good candidate for the treatment.