In some cases, a tooth that has been extracted or lost to severe tooth decay can be replaced by a dental bridge. However, when a back molar is lost, there is no second corresponding tooth to effectively anchor a bridge. In a case like this, your dentist, Dr. Christopher Pavletic, will often recommend replacing the missing molar with a dental implant in Orland Park, Illinois.
To install an implant, Dr. Christopher Pavletic will need to first examine your mouth and take a few X-rays. This provides a detailed understanding of the overall health of your mouth as well as the available bone structure.
Then, Dr. Christopher Pavletic can install the implant. The implant can be installed in a single outpatient appointment. You will need to be fully sedated during this time, so you will need to have someone drive you home after your appointment.
During the implant procedure, Dr. Christopher Pavletic will make a small incision in your gums to gain direct access to the bone structure beneath. Then, he will drill a narrow channel in the bone before 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.
After your gums have healed and the titanium abutment has become one with your jawbone, Dr. Christopher Pavletic can fit the titanium abutment for a standard dental crown. With proper care and maintenance, this should restore your missing tooth for many years to come.
If you’re interested in having a missing back tooth replaced by a dental implant, you should call 708-448-2588 to schedule a consultation at Trine Dental Group.