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Having a tooth knocked out during athletics or through some other accidental blow to the face can be a very traumatic experience. In most cases, the damage to the tooth and the socket are so severe that it simply cannot be saved. Dr. Cory Williams often has to extract the remnants of the tooth from the socket and allow the gums to heal.

When you are ready he can then help you with the process of restoring the knocked out tooth’s presence in your mouth, with a dental implant. This is essentially a titanium abutment with a crown installed atop it.

The implant is inserted into your jaw during a single outpatient appointment, requiring deep sedation. You will need to arrange to have someone drive you and help you out at home until you fully regain your senses.

To insert the implant, an oral surgeon makes a small incision in the gums to gain direct access the underlying bone. They will then make a narrow channel into the bone and screw a titanium abutment into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and will eventually fuse with natural bone tissues to provide a strong anchor for an eventual crown.

When the implant is ready, Dr. Cory Williams can go about the standard practice of installing the crown onto the abutment. The material he uses for the crown will be based on the tooth’s intended function and its visibility in your smile.

If you have had a tooth knocked out, you shouldn’t hesitate to call Dr. Cory Williams’s clinic in Wilmington, North Carolina at 910-763-1072 for immediate treatment.