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Missing a tooth in your smile can leave you with an unappealing smile and an impeded ability to bite and chew food. If the structure and function of the tooth are not restored, it can cause the surrounding teeth to gradually alter their positions in response to the void. This kind of alignment issue can result in chips and fractures on the corresponding teeth in your bite.

To restore a tooth like this, your dentist, Dr. Richard Golden, will often recommend having a titanium implant inserted directly into the empty socket. Later, he can cement a porcelain crown onto it. This will effectively replace the structure, function, and appearance of the missing tooth.

There are a few different steps in the implant process. It starts by having your dentist examine the jaw structure in the area. It’s important to assess if you have the sufficient jaw structure to anchor an implant. Otherwise, a bone graft procedure will need to be performed in advance of the implant procedure.

Your dentist will then install the implant. A small incision will be made in your gums. A narrow channel will then be made in your jaw bone. A titanium implant will be screwed into the channel in the bone and your gums will be sutured closed.

Titanium is known for being biologically safe and will fuse with your natural bone in a process known as osseointegration.

After your gums have healed and the titanium implant has fully fused with the surrounding bone tissues, your dentist can go about the process of installing a porcelain dental crown. This will fully restore the missing tooth.

If you are missing a tooth, you should call Dr. Golden Laser Dental at 313-371-9880 to ask about dental implants in Detroit, Michigan.