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There are cases where a tooth has been so badly compromised by oral trauma or tooth decay that it can’t viably be treated by endodontic therapy. In these rare moments, the dentist or physician might need to extract the tooth and suture the surrounding gum tissues.

After all the affected tissues have healed you should consider scheduling an appointment with a dentists like Dr. Daniel Merrill and Dr. Stephanie Merrill. Many patients in a case like this can have a single missing tooth replaced with a dental implant has grown in popularity.

This type of dental restoration begins with a minimally invasive outpatient oral surgery where you might need to be sedated. After making a minor incision in your gums, a titanium dental implant will be inserted into the underlying bone structure. As time goes on the titanium material will gradually integrate with the living bone tissues to replicate the original root of the tooth.

At that point we will prepare an abutment capable of anchoring a dental crown. If the tooth will appear when you smile we might use a porcelain dental crown. This special material can be shaded to mimic the appearance of natural tooth enamel.

If you live in the West Chester, Ohio, area and you have recently lost a tooth, you should call 513-779-7711 to explore the dental restorations available at Merrill Dental.