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Athletes who participate in vigorous sports are always at heightened risk of injuries. At the same time, many people complain that retail-grade mouthguards tend to feel bulky or impede breathing. If you forgo using one, you could suffer a severe dental trauma from a blow to the face.

Sometimes, a badly damaged tooth can be treated with an endodontic therapy. If the damage to the tooth or the socket structure is too severe to make this a viable option, Dr. Joshua Scott Murdock might need to 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. Joshua Scott Murdock can help you understand your options for replacing the tooth’s presence in your mouth. One of the most effective means of doing this is to install a dental implant.

This can be done in a single outpatient appointment where you will need to be deeply sedated. Once it’s completed, you will still feel some sedative effects for an hour or two. This will require a friend or family member to drive you home after your appointment.

To implant the anchoring abutment, Dr. Joshua Scott Murdock 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 will screw in a titanium abutment. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and it will eventually fuse with the 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. Joshua Scott Murdock can go about the standard practice of fitting you for a dental crown.

If you live in the Grants Pass, Oregon, area and you’ve suffered a severe dental trauma, you should call 541-479-5505 to schedule an emergency appointment at Rogue Valley Family Dentistry.