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Having a tooth knocked out, lost to untreated tooth decay or extracted can cause any number of complications. Beyond the obvious impairments to your oral function, a missing tooth in your smile can also cause you to slur your speech and it can affect your outward appearance.

As time goes on, the teeth neighboring the void can start to twist and change their orientation. These minor alignment problems can lead to issues with dental attrition and chips on the corresponding teeth in your dentition.

One of the most effective methods for preventing these complications is to have a dental implant installed in your mouth.

This is a two-part dental restoration process that starts by having a titanium abutment installed into the underlying bone structure in your mouth. Dr. Rafla can typically do this in a single appointment where you will need to be deeply sedated. You will need to arrange for a ride home while the sedative effect wears off.

Once it has been installed, the titanium abutment will start to gradually fuse with the surrounding bone tissues. In time, this will provide a very strong anchor for an eventual dental crown.

When it’s ready, Dr. Rafla can fit the titanium abutment with a crown. If the missing tooth was prevalent in your smile, he might advocate using a porcelain crown. This dental-grade ceramic can be perfectly shaded to match the natural tooth enamel of the surrounding teeth.

If you live in the Marlborough, MA, area and you’re missing a tooth, you should call 508.499.3566 to explore the restoration options available at our clinic.