There are several dental restorations that might be called for to replace the presence of a missing tooth. The one Dr. Alex S. Abernathy recommends will be based on the tooth’s location and the particular details of your mouth.
One of the most common and effective dental restorations is using a dental implant. This is a two-part restoration designed to replicate the presence, strength, function, and appearance of the original missing tooth.
The process starts with Dr. Alex S. Abernathy surgically inserting a titanium dental implant into the bone tissues of the underlying socket. This can be done in a single outpatient appointment where you will be fully sedated. You will still feel some lingering sedative effects after the implantation, so you need to arrange to have someone drive you home after your appointment.
To install the titanium abutment, Dr. Alex S. Abernathy will make a small incision in your gums to gain direct access to the underlying bone. Then, he will drill a narrow channel into the bone before screwing the titanium abutment into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and will eventually fuse with the surrounding bone tissues to create a strong anchor point for an eventual dental crown.
Once the titanium abutment as attained total fusion, he will create a detailed impression of the area to fit you for a crown made of gold, porcelain, or an alloy of other dental-grade metals.
If you live in the Jackson, Mississippi, area and you’re interested in restoring a tooth with a dental implant, you should call 601-981-8166 to set up a consultation at Lakeland Dental Care.