Missing a tooth anywhere in your mouth is always a serious cause for concern. In some cases, the form and function of a missing tooth can be replaced by installing a bridge. However, if you lose one of your last molars in the back of our mouth, there will not be a corresponding tooth to possibly anchor a bridge to.
In a case like this, Toms River Smiles Dental’s dentists will often recommend that you have a dental implant installed in the back of your mouth. This is a titanium abutment that is screwed into a channel made in the bone. Then it is mounted with a crown made from gold or base metal alloys.
Before installing the implant it’s important to assess the remaining bone structure in that part of your mouth. Sometimes when a tooth is lost, it takes some of the surrounding bone tissues with it. If this is the case, you might need to receive a bone graft in advance of mounting the dental implant.
To install the titanium abutment, an oral surgeon will make an incision in your gums. Then a small hole is drilled directly into the bone. The titanium abutment is screwed into place and a temporary crown is cemented over the top to protect it.
In time the titanium implant will integrate with the surrounding bone tissues in a process known as osseointegration. Once this occurs, your dentist can fit you for a crown that will restore the molar’s presence in your mouth for many years to come.
If you have lost a molar, you should call Toms River Smiles Dental’s clinic in Toms River, New Jersey at 732-244-1163 to ask about restoration with a dental implant. We look forward to helping you regain the full function of your mouth!