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Tooth decay is always a serious problem and the complications to your oral health continue to escalate the longer you go without having it treated. In an extreme case, the decay can compromise so much of the tooth that your dentist’s only effective treatment option is to extract the tooth. When your gums heal after extraction, he will likely recommend having a dental implant installed to completely replace the severely decayed tooth.

The restoration process has a few distinct steps. First, Dr. Patrick L. Huston, DDS, MSD will examine your jaw structure in the area. It’s important to determine if you have the sufficient jaw structure to anchor an implant. Otherwise, a bone graft procedure will be needed in advance of the implant procedure.

Dr. Patrick L. Huston, DDS, MSD will then refer you to an oral surgeon who will install the implant. The oral surgeon will make a careful incision in your gums. A narrow channel will be made in your jaw bone. A titanium implant will then screwed into the channel in the bone and your gums will be sutured closed.

Titanium is known for being biologically safe and it will actually fuse with your natural bone in a process known as osseointegration.

Once your gums have healed and the titanium implant has been fully integrated into the surrounding bone tissues, Dr. Patrick L. Huston, DDS, MSD can go about the process of installing a dental crown. This will fully replace the missing tooth.

If you are missing a tooth and you’re interested in having it restored with a dental implant in Tustin, California, you should call OC Advanced Periodontics at 714-795-3117 to schedule an appointment.