10 Feb A Severely Cracked or Shattered Tooth Might Need to Be Replaced by a Dental Implant
There are rare instances when an accidental fall or blow to the face can carry such tremendous force that it severely cracks or shatters a tooth. Sometimes the trauma can be so severe that Dr. Desiree T. Palmer, DMD ’s only course of treatment is to extract the tooth from the socket. This will effectively treat the pain and prevent further complications.
After your gums have completely healed following the extraction, your dentist can help you explore your options for replacing the tooth. One of the most effective methods is to have a dental implant installed into the socket.
Dr. Desiree T. Palmer, DMD will examine the jaw structure in the area. It’s important to assess if you have the sufficient jaw structure needed to anchor an implant. If the extraction process also removed some bone tissues in the socket, you might need to receive a bone graft to restore the missing structure.
Dr. Desiree T. Palmer, DMD will then refer you to an oral surgeon who will install the implant directly into your jawbone. The oral surgeon will make a careful incision in your gums. A narrow channel will then be made into the bone. A titanium implant will be screwed into the channel in the bone and your gums will be sutured closed.
Titanium is known for being biologically safe and will fully integrate with your natural bone to create a very solid abutment that will later anchor a dental crown.
Once the titanium implant has been fully integrated into the surrounding bone structure, Dr. Desiree T. Palmer, DMD can go about the process of installing a dental crown. This will fully replace the tooth.
If you have a cracked, shattered or otherwise damaged tooth, you should not delay in contacting Desiree T. Palmer, DMD, PA and Associates at 919-471-9106 to seek immediate treatment.