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Poor oral hygiene increases your chances of developing tooth decay on one or more of your teeth. Without timely treatment, a cavity can spread throughout the tooth. In time, it could even compromise the root, resulting in the total loss of the tooth. One of the most effective replacement methods is to have a dental implant installed.

At your initial consultation, your oral surgeon, Dr. Dale Gallagher, will examine your mouth and take a few X-rays. This gives us a detailed understanding of the overall health of your mouth as well as the available bone structure in your jaw.

If past issues with chronic gum disease or tooth decay have compromised bone structure in your jaw, you should receive a bone graft. This can restore sufficient structure to mount an implant.

Once any bone structure issues have been addressed, the implant procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis. Most people choose to be deeply sedated for their own comfort, so you will need to arrange to have someone drive you home after treatment.

To install the implant, our oral surgeon will make a small incision in your gums to gain direct access to your jawbone. A narrow channel will be made in the bone and a titanium abutment will be screwed into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and will eventually fuse to your existing bone in a process known as osseointegration.

Once the implant is secure, you can go about getting fitted for a dental crown, dental bridge or custom-locking dentures.

If you have lost a tooth, you should call Dale M. Gallagher, DDS at 512-258-1636 to see if you’re a good candidate for a dental implant in Austin, Texas.