Even though your teeth are tough, there are some extreme occasions when a hard blow to the face or other oral accident can hit with such force that it cracks, shatters or severely damages a tooth. If the damage is too extensive, your Apple Family Dental dentist’s only way to treat the pain and prevent further complications is to extract the broken tooth. After your gums have healed following the extraction, we can help you completely replace the tooth with a dental implant in Longview, Washington.
Before installing the implant, it’s important to assess the remaining bone structure in that part of your mouth. Sometimes when a tooth is extracted, it can also compromise the surrounding bone structure, making it hard to anchor a dental implant. Should this prove to be the case, we might recommend that you have a bone graft treatment in advance of the dental implant.
Once any bone structure issues have been addressed, the titanium abutment can be installed by an oral surgeon. This is done by making an incision in your gums and drilling a small hole directly into the bone. The titanium abutment will then be screwed into place and a temporary crown will be cemented over the top to protect it.
In time, the titanium implant abutment will integrate with the surrounding bone tissues to create a firm anchor point. Once total fusion has been achieved, Dr. Julia Gourley can fit you for a crown that will restore the tooth’s presence in your mouth for many years to come.
If you have a cracked, damaged or otherwise broken tooth, you should not hesitate in calling Apple Family Dental at 360-423-5580 to seek timely treatment and restoration.