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Contact sports and other rigorous activities can potentially cause a blow to the face. Using a quality mouthguard can help prevent serious oral trauma. Unfortunately, many athletes find retail mouthguards to be uncomfortable. This causes some athletes to forego the use of a mouthguard. Should you make this choice, it greatly increases your chances of having a tooth knocked out.

In most of these oral emergencies, the damage to the tooth is so severe that it cannot be saved. After your dentist, Dr. Shuichi Yamaguchi extracts the tooth’s remnants, he can help replace the tooth with a dental implant in Everett, Washington.

The process starts by Dr. Shuichi Yamaguchi examining the jaw structure in the area. It’s important to know if you have the sufficient jaw structure to anchor an implant. If you don’t, a bone graft procedure will need to be performed in advance of the implant procedure.

Dr. Shuichi Yamaguchi will then refer you to an oral surgeon who will install the implant. The oral surgeon will make a careful incision in your gums. A narrow channel will then be made in your jaw bone. A titanium implant will then be screwed into the channel in the bone and your gums will be sutured closed.

Titanium is known for being biologically safe and will completely fuse with your natural bone in a process known as osseointegration.

Once your gums have healed and the titanium implant has been fully integrated into the surrounding bone tissues, Dr. Shuichi Yamaguchi can go about the process of installing a dental crown. This will fully replace the missing tooth.

If you’ve had a tooth knocked out, you should contact 19th Avenue Dental at 425-385-8130 for immediate treatment.