There are some rare cases of severe dental trauma or untreated tooth decay where the tooth is simply too badly compromised for the dentist to effectively treat it with a root canal. This could also be complicated by a large dental abscess or issues with the periodontal structure. In a case like this the dentist might need to extract the tooth. This is a necessary first step in alleviating the pain and preventing an infection.
After your gums have fully healed and you are ready, our oral surgeon, Dr. Will Allen can help you understand your dental restoration options. In many of these cases a dental implant will be the preferred method for replacing the lost tooth. This calls for the oral surgeon to perform minor oral surgery in which a titanium dental implant is inserted into the underlying bone tissue. The human body accepts titanium well, and the process of osseointegration will allow the implant to gradually bond with the bone tissue.
Once this occurs Dr. Will Allen will prepare an abutment capable of supporting a dental crown. After cementing it in place the restored tooth will comfortably replicate the look, strength and function of a natural tooth.
If you live in Louisville, Kentucky, and you have had a tooth extracted, you should call 812-913-2283 to set up a dental restoration consultation at Kentuckiana Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates.