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If you participate in contact sports or other high-contact activities without protecting your smile with a quality mouthguard, then you are at extreme risk of having one or more of your teeth knocked out. It is estimated by the American Dental Association that nearly three million teeth are knocked out during athletic activities each year.

The process for replacing your knocked-out tooth with a dental implant starts with your dentist, Dr. , examining the area and taking a few X-rays. It’s important to make sure you have sufficient bone structure to mount a dental implant. If the knocked-out tooth compromised the bone structure of your jaw, your dentist might recommend receiving a bone graft in advance of the implant procedure.

The dental implant procedure involves an oral surgeon drilling a small channel into your jaw bone. Then, a titanium post is screwed into place. Titanium is the metal of choice because it is biologically inert and will eventually fuse to your jawbone.

Once the implant is fully incorporated into your jaw, our Cindy Walker, DMD, PA team can install a dental crown onto the titanium post. With the proper care and cleaning, your new dental implant should last for many years to come.

If you’ve had a tooth knocked out, you should call Dr. at (919) 773-0004 to have it replaced with a dental implant in Garner, North Carolina.