Having a severely decayed, fractured, or damaged tooth extracted poses several different long-term complications to your oral health and the function of your mouth. At first, it will only compromise your ability to chew food. If the tooth was extracted from a visible part of your smile, it could also leave you feeling self-conscious in social situations.
In time, the neighboring teeth might start to twist and move to fill the void left by the extracted tooth. This can create alignment issues and even lead to chips and fractures in the corresponding teeth in your bite. This often prompts Dr. Kenneth Schweizer to recommend having the extracted tooth replaced by a dental implant in Sarasota, Florida.
Before the dental implant process can be used to replace the extracted tooth, our dentist will need to perform a thorough examination of your mouth and the bone structure in the area. If you lack sufficient bone structure to secure a dental implant, he might refer you to an oral surgeon for a bone graft.
Most people choose to be fully sedated for the implant procedure, so you will need to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home afterward.
During the dental implant procedure, an oral surgeon will make a small channel in your jawbone, then a titanium post is screwed into place. A hard plastic temporary crown is then secured atop the implanted post to keep it safe while your body naturally fuses the post in place.
Once the implanted post is incorporated into your mouth, Dr. Kenneth Schweizer can start the process of completely replacing the tooth with a standard crown made from either gold, base metals or porcelain.
If you’ve had a tooth extracted, and you are interested in having it replaced with a dental implant, you should call our office at 941-926-4888 to schedule an appointment.