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Having a tooth knocked out is often so severe that it shatters the tooth or causes total tooth loss. Dr. Dale Gallagher often needs to extract the remnants of the tooth in the socket before it can be replaced. In recent years, dental implants have become the industry’s standard for replacing a knocked-out tooth.

Once your gums have healed, your dentist will examine the jaw structure in the area. Sometimes when a tooth is knocked out the damage results in bone loss, which can make it difficult to mount a dental implant. If this is the case for you, you will need to have a bone graft installed in advance of the implant procedure.

Dr. Dale Gallagher will then refer you to an oral surgeon who will install the implant. The oral surgeon will make a careful incision in your gums. A narrow channel will then be made in your jaw 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 actually fuse with your natural bone in a process known as osseointegration.

Once your gums have healed and the titanium implant has been fully integrated into the surrounding bone tissues, Dr. Dale Gallagher can go about the process of installing a dental crown. This will fully replace the missing tooth.

If you’ve had a tooth knocked out in Austin, Texas, you should contact Dale M. Gallagher, DDS at 512-258-1636 to seek timely treatment.