A blow to the face that carries enough force to crack a tooth can also result in significant oral trauma. If the damage to the root and socket are severe, our dentist, Dr. Ernesto Prida, might need to extract the tooth to treat the pain and prevent future infection.
Of course, missing a tooth comes with a number of potential complications. At first, this can impair your ability to chew food and perhaps give you an unappealing smile. In time, the structural loss of the tooth can cause the surrounding teeth to twist and migrate toward the void. This greatly increases your chances of suffering chips and fractures on the corresponding teeth in your bite.
Once your gums have completely healed, Dr. Ernesto Prida can help you understand your restoration options. In the past, dental bridges were seen as the only way to fully replace an extracted tooth. Today, dental implants are fast becoming the new industry standard in restorative dentistry.
At the start of the process, Dr. Ernesto Prida will examine the area and take a few X-rays. This way he can determine if you have sufficient bone structure to mount a dental implant. If the extraction caused the loss of bone structure in the jaw, then he might recommend having a bone graft installed.
The dental implant procedure involves drilling a small channel into your jawbone. Then a titanium implant will be screwed into place. Titanium is the metal of choice because it is biologically inert and will eventually fuse to your jawbone. This will create a very strong anchor that will eventually secure a dental crown.
If you have a cracked or badly damaged tooth, you should contact Stone Lodge Dental at 214-613-1500 to find out more about a dental implant in McKinney, Texas.