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If you’ve lost a tooth in your smile, it likely leaves you feeling self-conscious about your appearance. If the tooth’s presence and function is not repaired in a timely fashion, it can lead to even more significant complications. The structural void can cause the surrounding teeth to twist and alter their alignment. This could even compromise surrounding teeth, leading to fractures and further dental problems.

To restore a tooth like this, your dentist, Dr. Bethaney B. Brenner, will often recommend having a titanium implant inserted directly into the empty socket. Later, she can cement a porcelain dental crown onto it. This will effectively replace the structure, function, and appearance of the missing tooth.

There are a few different steps in the implant process. Dr. Bethaney B. Brenner will first examine the jaw structure in the area. It’s important to assess if you have the sufficient jaw structure to anchor an implant. Otherwise a bone graft procedure will need to be performed in advance of the implant procedure.

During the implant procedure, Dr. Bethaney B. Brenner will make a small incision in your gums. A narrow channel will then be made in your jaw bone. A titanium implant will next be screwed into the channel in the bone and your gums will be sutured closed.

Titanium is known for being biologically safe and it will fuse with your natural bone in a process known as osseointegration.

After your gums have healed and the titanium implant has fully fused with the surrounding bone tissues, your dentist can go about the process of installing a porcelain dental crown. This will fully restore the missing tooth’s presence and function in your mouth.

If you are missing a tooth in your smile and you’re interested in a dental implant in Burlington, Connecticut, you should call 860-673-7155 to schedule a dental implant consultation at Bethaney B. Brenner, DMD, LLC.