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The molars at the back of your mouth are called upon to do a great deal of chewing and grinding food. If one is knocked out, extracted, or lost to untreated tooth decay, it can seriously impair your ability to chew food. Since they feel very much like a natural tooth, many people choose to replace the missing molar with a dental implant.

A dental implant in Sarasota, Florida, is essentially a titanium abutment that your dentist, Dr. Kenneth M. Schweizer, inserts directly into the bone structure of your jaw. If the molar’s loss also compromised some of the underlying bone structure, he might recommend having a bone graft performed in advance of the dental implant.

Once any structural issues have been addressed, your dentist can start the process of installing a titanium abutment. A narrow channel will then be made in the bone and a titanium abutment will 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 a natural tooth.

Once your gums have healed and the titanium implant has been fully integrated into the surrounding bone tissues, your dentist can start the process of installing a standard crown.

If you are missing a molar, you should call 941-256-2488 to schedule a consultation at Sarasota Implant regarding a dental implant.