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A tooth suffering from extensive and untreated decay, will eventually be lost. Even if the tooth does not fracture in the socket, if the decay is too severe, Dr. Cynthia S. Becker & Cynthia A. Pistoia’s only recourse might be to extract the entire tooth and root.

Once your gums have healed they can help you understand your restoration dentistry options. One of the most common and effective methods of replacing the tooth’s presence in your mouth is to install a dental implant.

The process starts by assessing your remaining jaw structure via a series of X-rays or a CT scan. In many cases, when a tooth is lost to extensive decay or required extraction, it compromises the surrounding bone structure. If this is the case, Dr. Cynthia S. Becker & Cynthia A. Pistoia might recommend that you receive a bone graft before having a dental implant installed.

The titanium implant can be installed on outpatient basis and usually requires deep sedation. You will need to arrange to have someone drive you and help you out at home until you fully regain your senses.

To install the implant, an oral surgeon makes a small incision in the gums to gain direct access the underlying bone. They will then make a narrow channel into the bone and screw a titanium abutment into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and will eventually fuse with natural bone tissues to provide a strong anchor for an eventual crown.

When the implant is ready, Dr. Cynthia S. Becker & Cynthia A. Pistoia can go about the standard practice of installing the crown onto the abutment. With proper care and cleaning, it will serve you just like a natural tooth, for many years to come.

If you have lost a tooth to severe tooth decay, you should contact Dr. Cynthia S. Becker & Cynthia A. Pistoia’s clinic in Fishers, Indiana at 317-849-0999 to start the process of restoring it with a dental implant.