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Given enough time, untreated tooth decay will inevitably result in total tooth loss. This can impair your ability to efficiently chew food, and speak clearly. If the tooth was originally visible in your smile, it can also have an impact on your social life.

To resolve a problem like this, Dr. Olga Antipova will often recommend that you have a dental implant installed in the void.

Dr. Olga Antipova starts by examining your mouth and taking a few X-rays. Then she will refer you to an oral surgeon to have a titanium abutment installed into your jawbone.

This can be done in a single outpatient procedure, requiring deep sedation. You will need to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you and help you out at home until you’re back on your feet.

The oral surgeon will make a small incision is made in your gums to gain direct access to the bone. A narrow channel is drilled into the bone and a titanium abutment is screwed into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and will eventually fuse to your natural bone structure in a process known as osseointegration.

Once the titanium abutment has fused to your jaw, Dr. Olga Antipova can go about the standard procedure of fitting you for a crown.

If you have recently lost a tooth to severe tooth decay, you should call Dr. Olga Antipova’s office in San Francisco, California at 415-800-7594 to discuss having it restored via a dental implant.