The molars in the back of your mouth are large and are primarily called upon to do a lot of work chewing and grinding foods. If a molar is knocked out or extracted, the impairment to your mouth can be significant. If you’re missing a back molar, it cannot be restored by a dental bridge because there is no corresponding rear tooth to anchor it to. In a case like this, our dentists, Dr. Timothy Collier, often recommend replacing the tooth with a dental implant.
To place the dental implant in Manchester, Iowa, the titanium implant is inserted into your jaw during a single outpatient appointment where you will need to be deeply sedated. We will make a small incision in the gums to gain direct access to the underlying bone. Next, we will make a narrow channel into the bone and screw a titanium abutment into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and will eventually fuse with natural bone tissues to provide a strong anchor for an eventual dental crown.
Once the titanium abutment has fully fused with the surrounding bone tissues, Dr. Timothy Collier can go about the standard practice of installing the crown onto the abutment. Most crown molars are made from durable gold or base metal alloys.
If you have recently lost a molar, we invite you to call Dental Associates of Manchester at 563-927-4746 to ask about a dental implant. Our team wishes you a healthy, happy, smiled-filled holiday!