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As hard as your tooth enamel is, there are still some rare instances when a strong blow to the face or other oral accident can cause a severe fracture or crack in a tooth. In an extreme case, the tooth might be so badly damaged that Dr. Tracey Tabor Williams & Amy Montefalco’s only viable course of treatment is to extract the tooth. Once your gums have healed, they can help you restore its function in your mouth by installing a dental implant.

A dental implant in Indianapolis, Indiana, can usually be inserted into your jaw 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 your appointment.

To insert the implant, an oral surgeon will make a small incision in the gums to gain direct access the underlying bone. They will then make a narrow channel into 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.

Once the titanium has achieved total fusion, your dentist can go about the standard practice of installing the crown onto the abutment. The material they recommends for the crown will be based on the tooth’s primary function and prevalence in your smile.

If you have a severely cracked or damaged tooth, you should not delay in contacting Tracey Tabor Williams, DMD at 317.637.4636 to start the treatment and restoration process with a dental implant.