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Just like any other part of your body, an accident or emergency can also happen in your mouth. Even though your teeth are usually anchored firmly in place, it’s still not uncommon for a hard fall or blow to the face to actually knock one of your teeth out of the socket.

To treat the knocked-out tooth, your Smiles Unlimited dentist will examine the void as well as the surrounding teeth and jaw structure. This often includes taking a few X-rays. This will allow the dentist to assess the overall health of your mouth and determine how much jaw structure you have available.

If past issues with periodontal disease and tooth decay have caused bone loss, we might recommend that you receive a bone graft to restore sufficient jaw structure so we can mount an implant.

A dental implant treatment in Livermore, California, is usually performed on an outpatient basis. Most people choose to be deeply sedated for their own comfort, so you will need to have someone drive you to and from your appointment.

During the treatment, an oral surgeon will make small incision in your gums to gain direct access to the bone. A narrow channel is made in the bone and a special titanium abutment is screwed into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and will eventually fuse to your bones to create a very strong anchor.

Once your gums have healed and the titanium abutment has fused to the bone, your dentist, Dr. Rakhi Jani, can completely restore the knocked-out tooth with a standard dental crown.

If you’ve had a tooth knocked out, you should not hesitate to call Smiles Unlimited at 925.344.5757 to explore your treatment and restoration options.