Losing a tooth to severe decay, damage or extraction can pose a number of significant complications to your oral health. If the tooth was visible in your smile, it could mar your appearance and leave you feeling self-conscious in social situations.

In the past, a dental bridge was the most common way to restore a lost tooth. Over the course of the last twenty years, dental implants have evolved and become one of the most popular treatments in restorative dentistry.

A titanium implant can be installed in a single outpatient appointment. You will need to be fully sedated for your own comfort. This means you will need to arrange to have a friend or family member drive you home after the appointment.

To install the titanium abutment, an oral surgeon will make a small incision in your gums to gain direct access to your jawbone. A narrow channel will then be made in the bone and a titanium abutment will be screwed into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and will eventually fuse with the surrounding bone in a process known as osseointegration.

After the titanium abutment has fully integrated into your jawbone, your dentist, Dr. [doctor_name], can fit it for a crown that is made from porcelain, gold or base metal alloys. The material that [heshe] recommends for the crown will be based on the tooth’s primary function in your mouth and appearance in your smile.

A lost tooth can have serious complications to your long-term oral health and function. You should call our office at [phone] to see if dental implants in [city], [state], are right for you.