A Tooth Lost to Untreated Decay Can Often Be Fully Replaced by a Dental Implant

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Without timely treatment, tooth decay will inevitably spread throughout and within a tooth. In time, this can severely compromise the pulp and root, resulting in the total loss of the tooth. One of the most effective ways to replace the lost tooth is to have your dentist, Dr. Bogdan Bodroug, install a dental implant.

A dental implant in Vancouver, Washington, is essentially a titanium abutment that he directly inserts into the existing bone structure in the socket. Titanium is known to be biologically safe. In time, the implanted abutment will fuse to bone structure of your jaw in a process known as osseointegration.

To install the abutment, Dr. Bogdan Bodroug will make an incision in your gums. Then, he will drill a narrow channel into the corresponding bone in your jaw. The titanium abutment will be inserted, your gums will be sutured, and a temporary crown will be secured over the abutment to protect it.

Once the titanium abutment has fused with the surrounding gum tissues, Dr. Bogdan Bodroug will take an impression of the abutment. This will be sent to a professional dental lab where a crown will be custom designed to match the impression. The material used for the crown will be determined by the tooth’s function and visibility in your smile. Most crowns are made from either porcelain, gold, or a base metal alloy.

If you have lost a tooth to untreated decay and you’re interested in a dental implant, you should call 360-448-7018 to schedule a dental implant consultation at Quality Dental Care.