There are some instances when untreated tooth decay or severe tooth damage can be so significant that treatment with a root canal isn’t possible. In a case like this, your dentist, Dr. Joan M. Jupina, might need to extract the tooth. Later, she can help replace the tooth with a dental implant.
The restoration process has a few distinct steps. Your dentist will start by examining your jaw structure in the area. It’s important to assess if you have the sufficient jaw structure to anchor an implant. Otherwise, a bone graft procedure will need to be performed in advance of the implant procedure.
Your dentist will then make a careful incision in your gums. A narrow channel will then be made in your jawbone. A titanium implant will be screwed into the channel in the bone and your gums will be sutured closed.
Titanium is known for being biologically safe and will fuse with your natural bone in a process known as osseointegration. This creates a very firm anchor point for an eventual dental crown.
After your gums have fully healed and the titanium implant has been fully integrated into the surrounding bone tissues, your dentist can start the process of installing a crown. This will fully restore the missing tooth’s presence and function in your mouth.
If you have had a tooth extracted or lost, you should call 510.783.1414 to schedule an appointment at Jupina Dental regarding a dental implant in Hayward, California.