The premolars that reside in front of your molars work in synergy with your back and front teeth to play several different roles. They help bite into tough foods with the front teeth and they also aid the molars in the act of grinding. When one is lost to severe, untreated tooth decay or total extraction, it can significantly hamper your oral function.
One highly effective method for restoring a missing premolar is to have a dental implant installed. Dr. Steven J. Brazis will start by examining the area and taking a few X-rays. It’s important to make sure you have sufficient bone structure to mount a dental implant. If the underlying bone structure was compromised, he might also suggest preparatory treatments, like a bone graft.
To install the dental implant, Dr. Steven J. Brazis will drill a small channel into the bone. Then, a titanium implant will be screwed into place. This abutment will eventually fuse to the surrounding bone tissues. This will create a very strong anchor point for a dental crown.
Once this occurs, he will take an impression to help guide our dental lab technicians in the custom preparation of the crown.
If you live in the Sacramento, California, area and you’ve lost a premolar, you should call 916-731-5151 to set up a restoration consultation at Steven J. Brazis, DDS.