Tooth loss can come in a variety of forms, including dental avulsion, untreated tooth decay, or a treatment-based dental extraction. Regardless of the cause, this can have an adverse effect on multiple aspects of your oral health, function, and appearance. If the tooth was in the front of your mouth, it can alter your physical appearance, cause issues with your speech, and hamper your overall self-image.
Since your teeth rely on the structural presence of their neighbors, it can also cause alignment problems and other orthodontic complications.
Fortunately, a dental implant restoration at Desert Dental Group can help prevent these complications, which is a treatment that replaces the tooth’s presence in your mouth.
If the tooth extraction also resulted in the loss of bone integrity in the socket, Dr. Brett M. Barney might recommend having a bone graft installed into the area. This is even more likely to be the case if you’ve also struggled with chronic gum disease in the past.
After any structural concerns have been addressed, he can start the implant process in earnest. This is a two-phase dental restoration that starts by installing a titanium abutment into the relevant bone structure.
The implant procedure can often be performed in a single outpatient appointment. You will need to be fully sedated during this time so you will need to have someone drive you home after the appointment.
Once the abutment has achieved total fusion with the surrounding bone tissues, Dr. Brett M. Barney can fit it for a standard dental crown. With proper care and maintenance, this should restore your lost tooth for many years to come.
If you live in the Tucson, Arizona, area and you’ve lost a tooth, you should call (520) 663.0419 to schedule a restoration consultation at Desert Dental Group.