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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’s presence and structure is not restored 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.

One of the most effective methods for preventing these complications and restoring an appearance of a natural tooth is to have your dentist, Dr. Param Gill, install a dental implant. To do this, he will install a titanium abutment.

This involves making an incision in your gums. Then, a small hole will be drilled directly into the bone. The titanium abutment will be screwed into place and a hard, plastic, temporary crown will be cemented over the top to protect it. In time, the titanium implant will integrate with the surrounding bone tissues in a process known as osseointegration.

This will create a firm anchor point for your eventual dental crown. Once this has been achieved, your dentist will cast a detailed impression of the titanium abutment and the corresponding teeth in your personal bite pattern. This will be sent to a professional dental lab where a porcelain crown will be meticulously crafted.

If you are missing a tooth in your smile and you’re interested in a dental implant in Turlock, California, you should call 209.669.6500 to schedule an appointment for a dental implant consultation at Monte Vista Dental.