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Tooth decay is often a result of an inconsistent oral hygiene routine. The problem can easily be compounded by failing to attend your regular dental checkup with Dr. Carlos M. Suadi. In an extreme case, the decay might be so severe that the tooth is lost.

If the void and loss of structure in that part of the mouth is not addressed, it could result in alignment problems and other complications. To prevent this from happening, your dentist often recommends replacing the lost tooth with a dental implant.

The process of placing a dental implant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, starts by assessing your remaining jaw structure via a series of X-rays or a CT scan. In many cases, when a tooth is lost to extensive decay or required extraction, it compromises the surrounding bone structure. In a situation like this, Dr. Carlos M. Suadi might recommend having a bone graft installed before the implant treatment can be attempted.

Once any structural considerations have been addressed, the titanium implant can be installed during a single outpatient appointment. You will need to be deeply sedated for your comfort. This means you will need to arrange to have someone drive you home afterward.

To install the implant, an oral surgeon will make a small incision in the gums to gain direct access to the underlying bone. They will then make a narrow channel into the bone and screw a titanium abutment into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and will eventually fuse with natural bone tissues to provide a strong anchor for an eventual dental crown.

When the implant is ready, Dr. Carlos M. Suadi can go about the standard practice of installing the crown onto the abutment. With proper care and cleaning, it will serve you just like a natural tooth for many years to come.

If you have a severely decayed or missing tooth, please call BR Dental Care at 225-753-5885 to explore your treatment and restoration options. We are here to help you restore your confident smile!