Losing a tooth to untreated decay, damage, extraction, or dental avulsion can have serious ramifications on your oral health and function. Even if you adapt to the decreased ability to chew food, the
missing tooth could impact your appearance and influence the clarity of your speech. If the structural presence of the tooth is not restored, it can eventually cause the surrounding teeth to alter their alignment in response to the void.
Fortunately, Dr. Jay R. Heim can install a dental implant. This is one of the most effective dental restoration methods as it will replicate the presence, strength, function and appearance of the original tooth.
The first step in the process calls for inserting a titanium dental implant into the empty socket. This can be done in a single outpatient appointment where you will be fully sedated. You will need to arrange to have someone drive you and help you at home while you regain your senses.
During the procedure, your oral surgeon will make a small incision in your gums to gain direct access to your jawbone. 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 the surrounding bone tissues in a process known as osseointegration.
Once the titanium abutment as attained total fusion, he can take an impression of the area and start the process of fitting the tooth for a standard dental crown.
If you’re interested in restoring a tooth with a dental implant in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, you should call to set up a free, no-risk consultation with Dr. Jay Heim, DDS!.