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A beautiful smile with healthy white teeth not only bolsters your self-image, but it also helps you efficiently bite into the foods you consume. When one is lost to tooth decay or dental trauma, it can hamper your overall quality of life in a myriad of ways.

Fortunately, Dr. Smith can restore a missing front tooth with a dental implant.

The first step in the restoration process will require an outpatient oral surgery appointment at Scott A. Smith DDS. This involves Dr. Smith making an incision in the gums before drilling a narrow channel in the underlying bone. The small titanium stud, which is called an abutment, will then be screwed into place and your gums will be sutured closed.

Titanium is known for being biologically safe and it will fuse with your natural bone tissues to create an anchor for the eventual dental crown.

Once full integration of the abutment has been achieved, Dr. Smith can start the process of fitting you for a porcelain crown. This special dental cap can be shaded to match the surrounding teeth, and it will have the full function and appearance of the natural tooth.

If you live in the Merced, California, area and you need to restore a tooth in your smile, you should call 209-205-4657 to set up a dental implant consultation at Scott A. Smith DDS.