Losing a tooth to severe trauma or untreated tooth decay can have serious implications on the function of your mouth. At first, this might come in the form of decreased oral function or an unappealing smile. Over time, the neighboring teeth can respond to the void, altering their positions. This could even cause dental fractures on the corresponding teeth in your bite pattern.
While a dental bridge will indeed replace the tooth’s presence and basic function, many people with this type of restoration complain that it doesn’t feel as strong as the original tooth. To address these concerns, Dr. David O'Donnell might recommend a dental implant.
This typically requires two separate phases to fully restore the tooth.
During the first phase, your oral surgeon will insert a titanium abutment into the tooth’s empty bone socket. Titanium is the ideal material as it will gradually fuse with the surrounding bone tissues in a natural process known as osseointegration.
This will create a very strong anchor point for an eventual dental crown. Because of the strong bond between the titanium abutment and the surrounding bone tissues, the final restoration will feel just as strong as the natural tooth. When it’s ready, our team will take an impression of the titanium abutment and start the process of fitting you for a dental crown.
If you live in the Lexington, Kentucky, area and you need to have a tooth restored, you should call 859-269-4613 to schedule a consultation at ODonnell Family Dentistry.