Molars are the workhorse teeth in your mouth because they are called upon to do the majority of the chewing and grinding. If one of your back molars is lost, it cannot be replaced by a bridge because there is not a second corresponding tooth to anchor that specific type of dental appliance. In the past, if you were missing your last molar, you had to live with the compromised ability to chew food.
Thankfully, dental implant technology allows your Vital Dental dentist to replace the missing last molar with a new, fully functional tooth.
To install an implant abutment, an oral surgeon or periodontist will make a small incision in your gums. Then, a narrow channel will be made in the bones and a titanium abutment will be screwed into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe. In time, it will completely fuse to your existing bone structure and will create a very solid anchor point for a crown.
A temporary crown will be secured over the titanium abutment to protect it while it fuses into the surrounding bones. Once the abutment has completely fused with the surrounding bone tissues, Dr. Asad Ahsan will make a detailed impression of the abutment and surrounding teeth. This impression will be sent to a dental lab to serve as a guide while the technicians custom craft a new crown for you.
We will call you back into Vital Dental for a follow-up appointment when your crown is ready. Then, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and cement the new crown into place.
If you have lost a molar, you should call Vital Dental at (972) 347-0945 to see if you are a good candidate for a dental implant in McKinney, Texas.