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The American Association of Endodontists estimates that an average of five million teeth are knocked out each year. Most are due to hard falls, blows to the face or sports injuries by athletes playing in contact sports without the benefit of a quality mouth guard.

In most cases, a knocked out tooth leaves some remnants in the socket that must be extracted, thus resulting in the total loss of the tooth. Once your gums have completely healed the JC Brown DDS staff can help you understand your restoration options. One of the most effective methods is to have a dental implant installed in the knocked out tooth’s place.

Your dentist will start the process by examining your mouth and jaw structure. It’s possible that when the tooth was knocked out it took a significant amount of bone material with it. Should this be the case, your dentist will likely recommend that you receive a bone graft before installing the dental implant.

The dental implant procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis, requiring deep sedation. So you will need to arrange to have a friend or family member drive you home after the procedure.

A narrow channel will be made in your jawbone and a titanium abutment is then screwed into place. Titanium is a biologically safe metal that, in time, will fuse to your bone structure in a process known as osseointegration.

Once the implant is secure, we go about the process of fitting the titanium abutment with a standard crown. This will effectively restore the knocked out tooth’s presence in your mouth.

If you’ve had a tooth knocked out, you should call JC Brown DDS’s clinic in Germantown, Tennessee at 901-758-1000 to seek treatment.