Losing a tooth to severe decay or an extraction after a severe crack or fracture, can seriously compromise the function of your mouth. Beyond simply impairing your ability to chew food, it can impact your smile, slightly slur your speech, and in time could lead to alignment issues as the surrounding teeth adjust to try to fill the void.
If you’ve recently lost a tooth, you should talk to Lake City Way Dental Center about your restoration options. One of the more popular options we recommend is to have the tooth in question fully restored by installing a dental implant.
Before scheduling the implant procedure Lake City Way Dental Center will want to examine your mouth and jaw structure. In some cases, a past extraction or issues with gum disease might have resulted in a loss of bone structure. If this is the case, we might recommend a bone graft procedure to restore sufficient bone mass to secure a dental implant.
Once it has been ascertained that you have sufficient bone structure, the outpatient implant procedure can be scheduled. Most people choose to be deeply sedated, so you will need to arrange to have someone drive you home after the procedure.
A small incision will be made in your gums, and a titanium abutment is then screwed into place. Titanium is a biologically safe metal that, in time, will fuse to your natural jawbone.
Once everything has healed your Lake City Way Dental Center dentist can fit the tooth with a crown to effectively restore the full function and appearance of your mouth.
If you have recently lost a tooth and you would like to explore your restoration options, you should call the highly trained dental professionals at Lake City Way Dental Center to set up a consultation.