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When an area of tooth decay goes untreated for a significant amount of time, it can spread throughout the tooth enamel and into the tooth. In time, the severe decay can result in the total loss of the tooth. To restore the tooth’s presence in your mouth, your dentist, Dr. Lyudmila Shur, might recommend replacing the tooth with a titanium dental implant in Lynnwood, Washington.

A member of our team will start by examining the area and taking X-rays or a CT scan to assess the available bone structure. If the severe decay also compromised the underlying bone, she might recommend having a bone graft installed first.

Once the state of the bone and root have been determined, we will refer you to a local oral surgeon. They can install the titanium dental implant into your mouth in a single outpatient appointment. You will need to be sedated throughout the process. Afterward, you might still be out of sorts for a few hours, so you will need to have someone drive you home.

The oral surgeon will install a titanium dental implant abutment by making a small incision in the gums to gain direct access to the bone. A narrow channel will be drilled into the bone and the titanium abutment will be screwed into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and will eventually fuse to the bone tissues in your mouth. This process, known as osseointegration, will provide a very strong anchor for an eventual dental crown.

Once the titanium abutment has fully fused with the surrounding bone, your dentist can go about the standard procedure of fitting you for a crown. With proper care and cleaning, your newly restored tooth should serve you for many years to come.

If you are missing a tooth, you should call Dr. Shur Dental at 425-741-2030 to see if you’re a good candidate for a dental implant