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A strong blow to the face, can sometimes crack a tooth so severely that it cannot be saved even by a root canal. This is even more likely to happen if you participate in contact sports without the protection of a quality mouth guard.

In a case like this, Dr. Brant Pittsley often needs to extract the tooth so it can later be completely restored with a crown mounted on top of a titanium dental implant.

The implant is inserted into your jaw during a single outpatient appointment, requiring deep sedation. You will need to arrange to have someone drive you and help you out at home until you fully regain your senses.

To insert the implant, an oral surgeon makes 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 crown.

When the implant is ready, Dr. Brant Pittsley can go about the standard practice of installing the crown onto the abutment. The material he uses for the crown will be based on the tooth’s intended function and its visibility in your smile.

If you have a severely cracked or damaged tooth, you should not delay in contacting Dr. Brant Pittsley’s office in Davisburg, Michigan at 248-634-7002 to explore your treatment and restoration options.