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When a tooth develops a cavity, the area of decay will inevitably start to spread. The rate at which it compromises and afflicts the tooth will depend on your overall oral health as well as your daily oral hygiene habits. If left untreated for long enough, the decay can infect the root of the tooth. A severely compromised or infected tooth might need to be completely extracted.

When your gums are ready, your dentist, Dr. Joel R. Bingham, can help you replace the tooth with a dental implant in Nampa, Idaho. The implant is technically a titanium abutment that is screwed into the natural bone structure of your mouth.

The titanium abutment can often be installed in a single outpatient appointment. Most people choose to be deeply sedated for their own comfort. This means you will need to arrange to have someone drive you home after your appointment.

To insert the implant, your oral surgeon will make a small incision in your gums to gain direct access to your jawbone. A narrow channel will be made in the bone and a titanium abutment will be screwed into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe. The implant will eventually fuse with the surrounding bone structure to create a very strong anchor for an eventual dental crown.

Once your gums have healed and the implant has fully fused with the surrounding bone tissues, your oral surgeon will take an impression of the abutment. This will be used as a guide for our professional dental lab technicians while they meticulously create a dental crown from porcelain, gold, or base metal alloy.

If you have a tooth suffering from severe decay, you should not delay in contacting Premier Dental Care to have it treated and restored.