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If you’ve lost a tooth to severe tooth decay, damage or extraction can seriously compromise the function and appearance of your mouth. Beyond simply impairing your ability to chew food, it can impact your smile, and cause you to slur your speech. In time could lead to alignment issues as the surrounding teeth turn and migrate toward the void.

If you’ve recently lost a tooth, you should talk to York Dental’s dentist about your restoration options. One of the more popular options they may recommend is to have the lost tooth restored by a dental implant.

Before scheduling the implant procedure, York Dental’s dentist will examine your mouth and jaw structure. In some cases, a past extraction or issues with gum disease might have resulted in a loss of bone structure. If this is the case, the dentist might recommend a bone graft procedure to restore enough structure to mount the implant.

The dental implant procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis. Most people choose to be deeply sedated, so you will need to arrange to have someone drive you home after the procedure.

A small incision will be made in your gums, and a titanium abutment is then screwed into place. Titanium is a biologically safe metal that, in time, will fuse to your natural jawbone.

Once everything has healed, you dentist at York Dental can fit the tooth with a standard crown to effectively restore the full function and appearance of your mouth.

If you’ve recently lost a tooth you should call York Dental’s office in Edina, Minnesota at 952-841-0122 to explore your treatment and restoration options.