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An untreated cavity can allow tooth decay to spread deep within the tooth. If the decay is severe, it might compromise so much of the pulp and root that the tooth needs to be extracted to prevent future complications.

Once your gums have healed following extraction, your dentist, Dr. Dennis Burrell, can help you understand your restorative dentistry options. One of the most common and effective methods of replacing the tooth is to install a dental implant.

The process of placing a dental implant in University Place, Washington, starts by assessing your remaining jaw structure by taking a series of X-rays or a CT scan. In many cases, when a tooth is extracted, it compromises the surrounding bone structure. In a situation like this, Dr. Dennis Burrell might recommend having a bone graft installed before the implant treatment can be attempted.

Once any structural considerations have been addressed, the titanium implant can be installed during a single outpatient appointment. You will need to be deeply sedated for your comfort. This means you will need to arrange to have someone drive you home after your appointment.

To install the implant, an oral surgeon will make a small incision in the gums to gain direct access the underlying bone. They will then make a narrow channel into the bone and will screw a titanium abutment into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and will eventually fuse with the natural bone tissues to provide a strong anchor for an eventual dental crown.

When the implant is ready, Dr. Dennis Burrell can go about the standard practice of installing the crown onto the abutment. With the proper care and cleaning, it will serve you for many years, just like a natural tooth.

If you have a severely decayed or missing tooth, you should call Dr. Dennis Burrell and Associates, PC at 253-564-7645 to explore your treatment and restoration options.