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Missing a tooth in any part of your mouth can seriously impair your ability to chew food. As time passes, additional complications are likely to arise. The surrounding teeth might start to twist and drift toward the void. This can result in alignment problems and chips in the corresponding teeth in your bite.

To prevent this from happening, your dentist, Dr. Amandeep Gill, will often recommend having the tooth restored by a dental implant in Modesto, California.

The number of steps involved in the process could vary depending on the unique details of your mouth.

If the loss of the tooth compromised the bone tissues in the area, you might need to have a bone graft installed beforehand. This will restore sufficient bone structure so you can securely anchor a titanium abutment implant.

Dr. Amandeep Gill will then refer you to an oral surgeon who will install the implant. The oral surgeon will make a careful incision in your gums. A narrow channel will be made into the bone. A titanium implant will then be screwed into the channel in the bone and your gums will be sutured closed.

Titanium is known for being biologically safe and it will become one with your natural bone in a process known as osseointegration.

Once your gums have healed and the titanium implant has fully integrated into the surrounding bone tissues, Dr. Amandeep Gill will take an impression. This will be sent to the dental lab where a permanent crown will be fashioned from porcelain, gold or base metal alloys.

If you are missing a tooth in your mouth, you should call Gill Family Dentistry at (209) 566-1986 to see if you’re a good candidate for a dental implant.