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If you’ve lost a tooth in your smile, it has likely left you feeling socially awkward about your overall appearance. If the tooth is not replaced in a timely fashion, the surrounding teeth could start to shift their positions in response to the void. If this happens, your chances of developing chips and fractures on multiple teeth increase greatly.

To address a problem like this, your dentist, Dr. Chris A. Gipe, often recommends having a titanium abutment installed directly into the bones of the empty socket. Then, a porcelain crown will later be cemented atop it.

The implant can be installed into your mouth during a single outpatient appointment, requiring deep sedation. This requires an oral surgeon to make a small incision in the gums to gain direct access the underlying bone.

A narrow channel will be drilled directly into the bone in the empty socket and a titanium abutment will be screwed into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and will eventually fuse with the natural bone tissues to provide a strong anchor for your dental crown.

Once the titanium abutment has been fully integrated with the surrounding bone tissues, Dr. Chris A. Gipe will take an impression of the area to fit you for a porcelain crown. With proper care and cleaning, this will replace the full function and appearance of the missing tooth in your smile for many years to come.

If you have lost a tooth in your smile, please contact Preferred Dental Care at 562-431-1349 to ask about a dental implant in Los Alamitos, California. We wish you a healthy, smile-filled Thanksgiving!