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Severe tooth decay is always a serious cause for concern. Large cavities have the tendency to spread throughout and within a tooth. In time, this can result in the total loss of the tooth. When this happens, your dentist, Dr. James D. Schuette, often advocates the total extraction of the root to prepare the area for eventual restoration by a dental implant in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

Your dentist will first want to conduct a thorough examination of your mouth and take a few X-rays. If you have had gum disease or had a tooth extracted, it could have resulted in the loss of bone structure. In a case like this, our James D. Schuette. DDS. team might recommend a bone graft procedure be performed in advance of the implant.

The titanium abutment can often be installed in a single outpatient appointment. Most people choose to be deeply sedated for their own comfort. This means you will need to arrange to have someone drive you home after your appointment.

To insert the implant, a small incision will be made in your gums to gain direct access to your jawbone. A narrow channel will be made in the bone and a titanium abutment will be screwed into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe. The implant will eventually fuse with the surrounding bone structure to create a very strong anchor for an eventual dental crown.

Once your gums have healed and the implant has been integrated into your jawbone, your dentist will fit the implanted abutment with a crown. This will restore the full function of your lost tooth for many years to come.

If you have recently lost a tooth to severe, untreated tooth decay, you should call James D. Schuette. DDS. at 816-554-7656 to see if you are a good candidate for a dental implant.