If you’ve lost a tooth to untreated tooth decay or if it was severely damaged and required extraction, it can compromise your mouth in multiple ways. Even if you adapt to the reduced ability to chew and any impact to your appearance, you can still suffer orthodontic complications. As time goes by, the structural loss of the tooth can cause the neighboring teeth to turn and gradually alter their positions.
To address all these issues and prevent further complications, Dr. Greg L. Wolfe might recommend a dental implant.
The restoration process starts with him examining and taking X-rays of the area. Sometimes tooth loss can also compromise the integrity of the underlying bone tissues. If this is the case, he might recommend a bone graft be installed to restore any compromised structure.
Installing the dental implant starts by making a careful incision in your gums. A narrow channel will be made in the healthy bone structure, a titanium implant will then be screwed into the channel in the bone, and your gums will be sutured closed.
Titanium is prized in this type of dental restoration for its ability to fuse with living bone tissue. In time, this will give your dental implant the same strength and feel as the original tooth.
If you live in Ventura, California, and you’re in need of a dental restoration, you should call 805-654-1174 to schedule a consultation at Greg Wolfe Family Dentistry.