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If you’re missing one of the molars or premolars in the back of your mouth, it can significantly impair your oral function. In time, the void left behind can cause the neighboring teeth to alter their positions. To treat a problem like this and prevent further complications, your dentist, Dr. Naman B. Patel, might recommend a dental implant in Gilbert, Arizona.

The process starts with an examination of the area and taking a few X-rays. It’s important to make sure you have sufficient bone structure to mount a dental implant. If the tooth loss also resulted in a loss of bone structure, your dentist might recommend having a bone graft installed in advance of the dental implant.

To install the dental implant, your dentist will drill a small channel into your jawbone. Then, a titanium implant will be screwed into place. This forms an abutment that will eventually fuse to the surrounding bone tissues to create a strong anchor for an eventual dental crown.

Once the implant is fully integrated into your jaw, he can go about the standard practice of installing a crown. This requires taking an impression, which will serve as a guide for our off-site dental lab technician. Once your crown is ready, we will call you back in to cement it firmly atop the abutment.

If you’re missing a tooth in the back of your mouth and you’re interested in having it restored by a dental implant, you should call 480-719-7941 to schedule an appointment at Island Dental.