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When a tooth is avulsed or knocked out, the trauma often results in total tooth loss. In many cases, Dr. James McAllister will need to extract any remnants of the root from the socket and suture the gums.

When you are ready, your dentist can help you restore the tooth’s presence in your mouth with a dental implant. A dental implant in Indianapolis, Indiana, is essentially a titanium abutment with a dental crown cemented onto it.

The implant is inserted into your jaw during a single outpatient appointment with an oral surgeon. This often requires deep sedation. You will need to have a friend or family member drive you home after your appointment.

An oral surgeon will make a small incision in the gums to gain direct access to 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 the natural bone tissues to provide a strong anchor for an eventual dental crown.

Once the titanium abutment has achieved total fusion with the surrounding bone tissues, Dr. James McAllister can go about the standard practice of fitting you for a crown. 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 lost a tooth or had it knocked out, you should call 317-357-8548 to schedule an appointment at East Indianapolis Dental Associates.