A Dental Implant Can Often Be Used to Replace a Tooth Lost to Severe Decay

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Poor oral hygiene increases the chances of developing tooth decay on one or more of your teeth. Without timely treatment, a cavity and spread throughout and within the tooth. In time, it could even compromise the root, resulting in the total loss of the tooth. One of the most effective restoration methods is to have your dentist, Dr. Yong Eon Park, install a dental implant in Bakersfield, California.

Your dentist will start by examining your mouth and taking a few X-rays of the area. If the tooth loss resulted in a degradation of bone material, he might recommend having a bone graft installed beforehand.

To install the dental implant, your dentist will drill a small channel into your jawbone. Then, a titanium implant will be screwed into place. Titanium is the metal of choice because it is biologically inert and will eventually fuse to your jawbone in a process known as osseointegration.

Once the implant has fused to your jaw, he can start the process of installing a standard dental crown made from porcelain, gold, or base metal alloy. With proper care and cleaning, your new dental implant should last for many years to come.

If you have lost a tooth to severe, untreated tooth decay, you should call 661.588.2772 to set up a dental implant consultation.