When a large cavity goes untreated or a tooth suffers from a severe dental trauma, you may feel significant discomfort. When this happens, the tooth might be so severely compromised that it cannot be effectively treated by a root canal. In a situation like this, Dr. Smith might advocate a total dental extraction.
Afterward, he can provide you with a prescription for pain medication. This will help you remain comfortable while your gums fully heal. When you are ready Dr. Smith can start the process of replacing your extracted tooth with a dental implant.
The restoration process starts with Dr. Smith examining and taking X-rays of the area. Sometimes tooth loss can also compromise the integrity of the underlying bone tissues. If this is the case he might recommend a bone graft or treatment to correct the problem.
To install the dental implant, Dr. Smith will make a careful incision in your gums. A narrow channel will be drilled in underlying bone. A titanium dental implant is then screwed into place and your gums will be sutured.
Titanium has a special property that allows it to fuse with living bone tissue. In time, this will give your dental implant the same strength and feel as the original tooth.
If you live in Merced, California and you have a severely distressed tooth, you should call 209-205-4657 to schedule a dental implant consultation at Scott A. Smith DDS.