If one of your teeth was extracted in the past due to severe damage or decay, it can significantly impact your quality of life. Even if you get used to the impaired function of your mouth, the surrounding teeth might alter their alignment, increasing your chances of having chips and fractures. To prevent these potential complications, our oral surgeon, Dr. Todd A. Williams, will often recommend having a dental implant installed directly into the socket.
Our oral surgeon will first need to examine the area and take a few X-rays. If the extraction process resulted in the loss of bone structure in the area, they might recommend receiving a bone graft. This will effectively restore sufficient jaw structure so you can securely anchor a dental implant.
A dental implant in Dallas, Texas, can be installed on an outpatient basis, requiring deep sedation. This means you will need a friend or family member drive you home after the appointment.
During the procedure, our oral surgeon will make a small incision in your gums to gain direct access to your jawbone. Then, a narrow channel will be made in the bone and a titanium abutment will be screwed into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and will eventually fuse to your bones to create a very strong anchor for a future dental crown.
After your gums have healed and the titanium abutment has fused to your jawbone, you will have a crown put into place. With proper care and cleaning, your newly restored tooth should serve you for many years to come. Please call Williams and Williams Facial and Oral Surgery at 214-691-0101 to explore your restoration options.