Having a extracted tooth can affect your mouth in multiple ways. At first, this can impair your ability to chew food and perhaps give you an unappealing smile. In time, the structural loss of the tooth can cause the surrounding teeth to twist and migrate toward the void. This greatly increases your chances of suffering chips and fractures on the corresponding teeth in your bite. To prevent these complications, your dentist, Dr. Robert Farber, often recommends a dental implant to replace the extracted tooth.
Your dentist will first need to examine the area and take a few X-rays. If the extraction process resulted in the loss of bone structure in the area, he might recommend that you receive a bone graft. This will effectively restore sufficient jaw structure to securely anchor a dental implant.
A dental implant can be installed on an outpatient basis, requiring deep sedation. This means you will need a friend or family member drive you home after your appointment.
During the procedure, a small incision will be made in your gums to gain direct access to your jawbone. Then, a narrow channel will 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 to your bones to create a very strong anchor for an eventual dental crown.
After your gums have healed and the titanium abutment has fused to your jawbone, your dentist can then take an impression of the area. This will be used as a guide for a dental lab technician to produce your final crown. With the proper care and cleaning, your newly restored tooth should serve you for many years to come.
If you have had a tooth extracted, you should call Dearborn West Dental at 313-562-5610 to ask about a dental implant in Dearborn, Michigan.