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Each tooth in your mouth plays a specific role. The molars in the rear of your mouth help you grind and chew tough foods. When one is lost to untreated decay or a treatment-based extraction, it can severely hamper your ability to process food before swallowing.

A rear molar that has been lost can be especially troublesome. In the past, there were very few dental restoration options. Without a corresponding back tooth to act as an anchor, a dental bridge simply wasn’t a viable option.

As time went on, dental restoration technology has improved so now a missing rear molar can be restored by a dental implant.

The first step in the dental implant process calls for Dr. Reeve Abraben to install a titanium abutment into the bone structure of the empty socket. This can typically be done in a single outpatient appointment where you will be deeply sedated. You will need to arrange to have someone drive you home until the sedative effect abates.

Your oral surgeon will make a small incision in your gums to gain direct access to the underlying bone. They will then drill a narrow channel to firmly seat the titanium abutment. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and it will eventually fuse to your bones to create a very strong anchor for a dental crown.

When your gums have healed and the titanium abutment has fully integrated with the surrounding bone tissues, Dr. Reeve Abraben can start the process of installing a standard crown.

If you live in the Lake City, Florida, area and you need to have a missing molar replaced, you should call 386.752.1342 to set up a dental restoration consultation at Lake City Family Dental Center, PA.