When a cavity or other large area of tooth decay goes untreated, it can quickly spread to compromise a significant amount of the tooth. In extreme cases, a tooth can be so badly decayed that it is completely lost, or a Paramus Dental & Implant Center dentist needs to extract it.
One of the best ways to restore a tooth lost to severe decay is to have a dental implant installed.
At the start of the process your dentist will perform a thorough examination of your mouth and take a few X-rays. This helps us understand the overall health of your mouth as well as the available bone structure in that part of your jaw.
A dental implant can be installed in a single outpatient treatment requiring deep sedation. This means you will need to arrange to have a friend or family member drive you and help you at home, until you have your wits about you.
To install the titanium implant, an oral surgeon will make a small incision is made in your gums to gain direct access to your jawbone. A narrow channel is made in the bone and a titanium abutment is screwed into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and will eventually fuse to your bones to create a very strong anchor.
After your gums have healed and the titanium abutment has fully integrated into your jawbone, your Paramus Dental & Implant Center dentist can start the process of installing a standard crown.
If you are missing a tooth and you’re interested in having it restored with a dental implant, you should call Paramus Dental & Implant Center’s Rochelle Park, New Jersey clinic at 201-518-9795 for a consultation.