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The molars in the back of your mouth are large and called upon to chew and grind the foods you consume each day. When one is lost to dental trauma, tooth decay or treatment-based extraction can severely limit your oral function. In some cases, a missing molar can be restored by a dental bridge. Unfortunately, a missing rear molar lacks any corresponding tooth to anchor the bridgework.

To address a problem of this magnitude, Dr. Cameron Blyth might recommend a dental implant restoration. This is essentially a titanium abutment that Dr. Cameron Blyth surgically inserts directly into the bone structure of the remaining socket.

You will need to be fully sedated during the appointment to install the implant. To do this, Dr. Cameron Blyth will make a small incision in the gums before drilling a small channel the underlying bone. A titanium abutment will then be screwed into the channel.

Titanium is known for being biologically safe and will fuse into your natural bone to create a very firm anchor point for a dental crown. This will give the eventual crown the strength and feeling of the original molar.

Once your gums have healed and the titanium implant has fully integrated with the surrounding bone tissues, Dr. Cameron Blyth can start the process of installing a standard dental crown.

If you live in the Florence, AZ, area and you have a tooth in need of restoration, you should call 520-413-9714 to explore your treatment options at Merrill Ranch Family Dental.