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Athletes are always at risk of suffering sports-related injuries. Athletes who participate in contact sports and do not consistently use a quality mouthguard are at increased risk for suffering oral trauma. One of the most severe accidents is having a tooth knocked out by a hard blow to the face.

In most of these situations, the damage to the tooth and socket is so severe that it results in the total loss of the tooth. The only viable treatment option to help alleviate the pain and prevent further complications is to have Dr. Kevin Oakes perform a total extraction. This will involve removing all remnants of the tooth from the socket and suturing your gums.

Once everything has completely healed, Dr. Kevin Oakes can help you understand your tooth-replacement options. One of the most effective means of replacing a tooth is to install a dental implant.

This can be done in a single outpatient appointment where you will need to be deeply sedated. This means you will still feel some sedative effects after the treatment, so it’s best to have a friend or family member drive you home.

To implant the anchoring abutment, your surgeon will make a small incision in the gums to gain direct access to the underlying bone. They will make a narrow channel in the bone and screw in a titanium abutment. 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.

After the abutment has integrated with the bone and your gums have fully healed, Dr. Kevin Oakes can go about the standard practice of fitting you for a dental crown.

If you live in the Frederick, Maryland, area and you’ve lost a tooth, you should call 301-663-5552 to seek treatment and restoration at Dental Arts of Frederick.