When you lose a tooth in your smile to severe dental trauma or a untreated tooth decay, it can impact your oral function and appearance in a myriad of ways. Beyond the simple impairment in your ability to bite food or the changes to your smile, the missing tooth can also affect the clarity of your speech and eventually lead to orthodontic complications.
Fortunately, Dr. Drs. Choi & Choi can restore a missing front tooth with a dental implant that will eventually be fitted for a porcelain dental crown.
The first step in the dental restoration will require an outpatient oral surgery at Richard Choi, DMD & Ryan Choi, DMD. After you’ve been fully sedated, Dr. Drs. Choi & Choi will make a small incision in your gums before drilling a narrow channel in the existing bone structure. Then a small titanium stud, which is called an abutment, will be screwed into place. Your gums will be sutured and the healing process can begin.
Titanium is the ideal metal for the implant abutment as it is biologically safe and it will gradually fuse with your natural bone tissues to create an anchor for the eventual dental crown.
Once this has been achieved, Dr. Drs. Choi & Choi can start the process of fitting you for a porcelain crown. This special dental material can be shaded to perfectly match the surrounding teeth to fully restore the full function and appearance of your mouth.
If you live in the San Francisco, California, area and you need to restore a tooth in your smile, you should call 415-986-1491 to set up a dental implant consultation with Dr. Drs. Choi & Choi.