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If Anthony Gonzalez, DDS’s dental team were forced to extract one or your teeth due to severe damage or tooth decay, you are likely interested in exploring your restoration options. In the past most people were limited to having a bridge installed on the two closest teeth. Over the course of the last two years, dental implants have become the new industry standard for restoring lost or extracted teeth.

At the start of the process, we will take some X-rays of the area to ensure there is sufficient bone structure to mount an implant. In some cases, the extraction procedure takes so much bone material will it, that not enough remains to secure a new dental implant. Should this prove to be the case, we will likely recommend that you receive a bone graft in the area to restore sufficient structure.

A dental implant can be installed on an outpatient basis and often requires deep sedation. You will need to arrange to have a friend or family member drive you home afterward, and lend a hand until you’re back at full strength.

To install the implant, a small incision is made in your gums. A narrow channel is then drilled into the bone and a titanium abutment is screwed into place. A hard plastic temporary crown will be secured over the abutment to protect it. In time the titanium abutment will naturally fuse with the surrounding bone material.

Later, your Anthony Gonzalez, DDS dentist will take an impression of the abutment. This will be sent to a dental lab where your permanent crown is prepared. Once it has been cemented in place, it will fully restore the extracted tooth’s presence in your mouth for many years to come.

If you’ve had a tooth extracted in the past, and you’re interested in exploring your restoration options, you should call Anthony Gonzalez, DDS’s offices in Corpus Christi, Texas at 361-387-1507 to schedule an appointment.