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When tooth decay goes untreated, it can quickly spread and affect the critical internal structures of the tooth. When the decay and infection is allowed to spread deep into the pulp or root of a tooth, it might cause so much damage that your Monroe Family Dentistry dentist can’t even save it with endodontic therapy. If one or more teeth is lost this way, we might recommend using dental implants to replace them.

To begin treatment, Dr. Jeremy Dull or Dr. Amy Karpenko, will first want to conduct a thorough examination of your mouth and take a few X-rays. If you have struggled in the past with gum disease or if you have had a tooth extracted, it could have resulted in the loss of bone structure. In a case like this, we might recommend a bone graft procedure in advance of placing the implant.

The dental implant in Monroe, Michigan, can often be placed in a single outpatient appointment. Most people choose to be deeply sedated for their own comfort. This means you will need to arrange to have someone drive you to and from your appointment.

The implant will be installed after making a small incision in your gums to gain direct access to your jawbone. A narrow channel will be made in the bone and a titanium abutment will be screwed into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe. The implant will eventually fuse with the surrounding bone structure to create a very strong anchor for a dental crown.

Once your gums have healed and the implant has completely fused into the surrounding bone tissues, your Monroe Family Dentistry dentist will fit the implanted abutment with a crown.

If you have one or more badly decayed teeth, you should call Monroe Family Dentistry at 734-241-6550 to see if you are a good candidate for dental implants. Dr. Jeremy Dull and Dr. Amy Karpenko are here to help you achieve and maintain your smile health!