Tooth decay caused by the pervasive bacteria in your mouth, can be a serious cause for concern. Without timely treatment the decay can infect the pulp and root, resulting in total tooth loss. In a case like this Cedar Pointe Family Dentistry’s dental team will often recommend restoring the tooth with a dental implant.
The implant can be installed in a single outpatient appointment where you will need to be deeply sedated. You will need to arrange to have a friend or family member drive you home afterward while the sedation wears off.
The dental implant is actually a titanium abutment that is inserted into a channel drilled in your jawbone. Titanium is the ideal material as it is biologically safe and will actually fuse to your natural bone structure to create a very strong anchor for an eventual crown.
Once your gums have healed and the abutment has been fulling integrated into your mouth, a Cedar Pointe Family Dentistry dentist will make a detailed impression of the area. This will be sent to a dental lab where a crown will be custom crafted from porcelain, gold or base metal alloys.
When the crown is ready, we will call you in for a brief second appointment to cement the it in place. With proper care and cleaning your newly restored tooth should serve you for many years to come.
If you have recently lost a tooth to untreated decay, you should call Cedar Pointe Family Dentistry’s clinic in Farmington, New Mexico at (505) 327.0044 to explore your treatment and restoration options.