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Losing a tooth to severe decay, damage or extraction can pose a number of significant complications to your oral health. If the tooth was visible in your smile, it could mar your appearance and leave you feeling self-conscious in social situations.

In the past, a dental bridge was the most common way to restore a lost tooth. Over the course of the last twenty years, dental implants have evolved and become one of the most popular treatments in restorative dentistry.

A titanium implant can be installed in a single outpatient appointment. You will need to be fully sedated for your own comfort. This means you will need to arrange to have a friend or family member drive you home after the 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 then 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 with the surrounding bone in a process known as osseointegration.

After the titanium abutment has fully integrated into your jawbone, your dentist, Dr. Chad Latino, can fit it for a crown that is made from porcelain, gold or base metal alloys. The material that he recommends for the crown will be based on the tooth’s primary function in your mouth and appearance in your smile.

A lost tooth can have serious complications to your long-term oral health and function. You should call our office at 254-230-0737 to see if dental implants in Waco, Texas, are right for you.