Molars are the workhorse teeth of your mouth. They are large and primarily called upon to chew and grind tough foods. If one is knocked out, extracted or lost to severe tooth decay, it can significantly impair the function of your mouth. Fortunately, your dentist, Dr. Sean Ky, can help you replace the full function of the lost molar with a dental implant in Pasadena, California.
This is essentially a titanium abutment that is inserted directly into the jawbone. If the initial loss of the molar also compromised the surrounding bone structure, your dentist might recommend a bone graft beforehand.
To do this, she will make a narrow channel in the bone and a titanium abutment will then be screwed into the channel. Titanium is known for being biologically safe and will fuse into your natural bone to create a very firm anchor point for a dental crown.
Once your gums have healed and the titanium implant has been fully integrated into the surrounding bone tissues, your dentist can start the process of installing a standard crown.
If you have lost a molar, you should call Sean T. Ky at 626-792-0448 to ask about having it restored by a dental implant.