Using a Dental Implant to Replace a Lost Tooth

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Dental implants have been used for over twenty years to effectively restore the function and appearance of a tooth that was extracted, or lost due to advanced tooth decay. If you have recently lost a tooth and you would like to have it fully restored, Dr. Wong might recommend a dental implant.

The initial appointment involves examining the tooth, and your jaw structure as well as taking some X-rays. It’s not uncommon for a tooth that was lost, extracted, or If you’ve struggled with gum disease in the past to decrease the bone structure in your jaw. If this is the case, Dr. Wong might recommend that you receive a bone graft to restore enough structure to mount an implant.

The implant procedure usually requires deep sedation. So you will need to arrange to have a friend or family member drive you.

The procedure involves an oral surgeon making a small incision in the gums to gain direct access to your jawbone. 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 to your bones to create a very strong anchor.

Later, we will fit the tooth with a crown to effectively restore the appearance and full function of your mouth.

If you have questions about dental implants, call us at 916-784-1700 to schedule an appointment. Let us restore your beautiful smile!

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