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Suffering a blow to the face, dental accident or other severe oral trauma can sometimes knock a tooth out of its socket. In some cases, Dr. Carolyn Yu can treat the tooth with a root canal. In an extreme case where the root or socket of the tooth has been severely compromised, Dr. Carolyn Yu might recommend completely extracting the tooth.

After your gums have been sutured, Dr. Carolyn Yu might prescribe pain management medication for your comfort during the recovery process.

Once everything has healed, you can then come in for a follow-up consultation where Dr. Carolyn Yu will present you with some dental restoration options. One of the most effective methods is to use a dental implant.

Dr. Carolyn Yu can usually install the titanium abutment in your mouth during a single outpatient appointment where you will need to be fully sedated. Afterward, you will still feel out of sorts, so you will need to arrange to have someone drive you home after the appointment.

Dr. Carolyn Yu will make a small incision in the gums to gain direct access the underlying bone. Your dentist will then make a narrow channel in the bone and screw a titanium abutment into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and will eventually fuse with natural bone tissues to provide a strong anchor for an eventual dental crown.

Later, Dr. Carolyn Yu will take an impression of the implant to start the process of installing a crown onto the abutment. The material he recommends for the crown will be based on the tooth’s primary function and prevalence in your smile.

If you have suffered a severe oral trauma and you would like to know more about a dental implant in Pinole, California, you should not delay in calling 510.974.2147 to have it treated at Carolyn L. Yu, DDS.