When tooth decay spreads to attack the interior structures of a tooth, the decay can become severe. Without timely treatment, it could result in the total loss of the tooth. At Smile Image Dentists, our team of oral healthcare professionals can effectively replace the lost tooth by installing a dental implant.
A dental implant in Houston, Texas, is essentially a titanium abutment that is inserted into your jaw bone. Then, a crown is cemented onto it 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, your dentist, Dr. Kim Loan Nguyen, might recommend having a bone graft installed beforehand.
To install the titanium abutment, our dentist 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 can fit you for a crown made from either porcelain, gold or base metal alloys.
If you have a severely decayed or compromised tooth, we invite you to call Smile Image Dentists at 281-759-1277 to see if you’re a good candidate for restoration via a dental implant. We are happy to help you with all of your oral care needs!