A tooth that has been knocked out, extracted, or lost can severely compromise the full function and appearance of your mouth. In most cases like this, the extracted tooth can be completely restored by a dental implant.
To determine if you are a good candidate for a dental implant, your dentist, Dr. Packman, will first want to examine the jaw structure and take some X-rays. This gives him a clear picture of the available bone structure.
If the tooth was extracted due to advanced tooth decay issues, it could have also resulted in the loss of bone structure in that area of your jaw. If this is the case, your dentist might recommend receiving a bone graft to restore enough bone to mount an implant.
The implant procedure usually requires deep sedation, which means you will need to have someone drive you to and from your appointment.
Once you are fully sedated, a small incision in the gums is made to gain direct access to the underlying bone. A small channel will be drilled into the bone and a titanium abutment will be screwed into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and it will eventually integrate into the bone structure of your jaw.
Once the titanium implant has completely fused with the surrounding bone structure, your dentist will take an impression of the implant and surrounding teeth. This impression will be used as a guide by a dental lab technician who will craft a crown that can be cemented directly onto the titanium. With the proper care and cleaning, the final dental implant will last for many years to come.
If you have had a tooth extracted, you should call us at 704.873.2211 to see if you’re a good candidate for a dental implant.