Treatment Options for the Diseased Tooth

Despite our best effort to help save your tooth, endodontic treatment may not be always successful. Lack of tooth structure to support a new crown, recurrent decay, root fractures and procedural mishaps during endodontic treatment may result in loss of the tooth. Often, the only alternative to endodontic treatment is extraction.

For replacement of an extracted tooth, you can consider a dental implant, a bridge or removable partial denture. These options may require additional dental procedures in the area of the extracted tooth, or on adjacent healthy teeth, and should be discussed directly with your dentist or specialist.

What is a Dental Implant?

image of a dental implantA dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw in order to hold a replacement tooth (the crown) in place. The implant emulates the shape of the root and is usually made of titanium and other materials well-suited to the human body. The implant is surgically placed into the jaw and incorporates into the bone over time to become a stable base for crowns.

Dental implants have been used for several decades by patients of all ages. They can replace a single tooth, several teeth or support partial or full dentures.