An untreated cavity can severely compromise the function of your mouth. In time, the decay can spread throughout the tooth, causing it to fracture, fall out or become damaged. In a case like this, your Rock Rose Dental dentist might need to extract the remnants of the tooth so it can later be restored by a dental implant.
Placing a dental implant in Roseville, California, involves a titanium abutment being inserted into your jaw bone. Then, a crown will cemented onto the abutment to fully restore the tooth’s form and function in your mouth.
It’s important to assess the remaining bone structure in that part of your mouth. Sometimes a badly decayed tooth can also compromise the surrounding bone tissues. This is even more likely if you’ve struggled with chronic gum disease in the past. If you lack sufficient bone structure, we might recommend having a bone graft installed beforehand.
To install the titanium abutment, an oral surgeon will make an incision in your gums. Then, a small hole will be drilled directly into the bone. The titanium abutment will be screwed into place and your gums will be sutured closed around it.
In time, the titanium implant will integrate with the surrounding bone tissues in a process known as osseointegration. Then, your dentist, Dr. Hoang Truong, can fit you for a dental crown that is made from either porcelain, gold or base metal alloys.
If you have a severely decayed or compromised tooth, you should call Rock Rose Dental at 916-784-3337 to see if you’re a good candidate for a dental implant.