Posted .

If a cavity goes ignored for too long, the decay can spread and infect and damage the dentin, pulp or root of a tooth. There are times when the decay is so extensive that the tooth is lost or Dr. J. Brandon Allen has to extract it.

Once your gums have healed, your dentist might recommend placing a dental implant to replace the lost tooth.

Before the implant treatment, Dr. J. Brandon Allen will examine your gums and take a few X-rays to determine the amount of available bone structure in your jaw. If the decay or extraction procedure left you with insufficient bone structure, your dentist might recommend having a bone graft in advance of the dental implant treatment.

Dr. J. Brandon Allen will then refer you to an oral surgeon or periodontist for the implant procedure. The treatment is usually performed on an outpatient basis and it requires you to be deeply sedated. This means that you will need to have someone drive you to and from your appointment.

During the procedure, a small incision will be made in your gums to gain direct access to the bone. A narrow channel will be made in the bone and then a titanium abutment is screwed into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and will eventually fuse to your bones to create a very strong anchor.

Once your gums have healed and the titanium abutment has fused with the surrounding bone tissue, Dr. J. Brandon Allen will fit you for a dental crown.

If you have a badly decayed or missing tooth, you should call Dr. J. Brandon Allen at 903-710-2309 to schedule an appointment regarding a dental implant in Bullard, Texas.