Taking a blow to the face can cause oral trauma as well as dental fractures. A modest-sized fracture in a tooth can often be repaired by a filling or a dental crown restoration. A significant dental fracture might cause damage to the root of the tooth. In most of these cases, Dr. Jennifer Rice or Dr. James Rice might be able to treat the tooth with a root canal.
In an extreme case, the dental trauma to the root or underlying socket might be so severe that they advocate a total extraction. Once the gums have been sutured and allowed to heal, the pain will abate while any potential infection is prevented.
When you’re ready, your dentist can help you understand your dental restoration options. Many people choose to have a dental implant inserted directly into the socket to prepare an anchor point for an eventual dental crown.
Your oral surgeon will install the titanium implant abutment into the socket by first making a careful incision in your gums. Then, we will make a narrow channel in the bone. A titanium implant will then be screwed into place and your gums will be sutured closed.
Titanium is known for being biologically compatible and will eventually form an integrated bond with the surrounding bone tissues. Once total fusion has been attained between the abutment and the surrounding bone structure, Dr. Jennifer Rice or Dr. James Rice can start the process of fitting you for a custom dental crown restoration.
If you live in the Charlottesville, VA, area and you are suffering from dental trauma, you should call 434-218-7072 to seek treatment at Crozet Dentistry.