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Untreated cavities pose a serious threat to the long-term health and integrity of a tooth. In time, the decay can become so severe that it results in the total loss of the tooth. Even if some of the tooth remains, Dr. [doctor_name] might need to extract it to prevent future complications. Once your gums have completely healed following the extraction, [heshe] might recommend replacing the missing tooth with a dental implant in [city], [state].

Dr. [doctor_name] will first perform a thorough examination of your mouth and take a few X-rays. This helps [himher] understand the overall health of your mouth as well as the available jawbone.

A dental implant can be installed in a single outpatient appointment where you will need to be fully sedated. This means you will need to arrange to have someone drive you to and from your appointment.

To install the titanium abutment, an oral surgeon will make a small incision 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 and will eventually fuse to your bones to create a very strong anchor.

After the titanium abutment has fully integrated into your jawbone, your dentist can fit it for a dental crown that is made from porcelain, gold or base metal alloys.

If you have lost a tooth to untreated tooth decay, you should call [practice_name] at [phone] to understand your options for effective treatment and restoration.