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There are a few different things that can severely damage or traumatize a tooth. Untreated tooth decay can compromise a significant amount of dental structure, infect the pulp, and lead to a severe fracture. When this happens, Dr. Melvin L. Ford III, Dr. Klaus D. Guter, and Dr. James A. Gray might be able to treat the decay and restore the tooth with a root canal and an eventual crown.

In a severe case, the damage and decay might be so severe, that the tooth cannot viably be treated by endodontic means, and might require a total extraction. This is even more likely to be the case if a large, dangerous abscess has formed in the underlying gums.

Once your gums have healed and all infection concerns have passed, Dr. Melvin L. Ford III, Dr. Klaus D. Guter, and Dr. James A. Gray can restore the tooth’s presence in your mouth with a dental implant.

This method of dental restoration starts with Dr. Melvin L. Ford III, Dr. Klaus D. Guter, and Dr. James A. Gray installing a titanium abutment into the underlying bone structure in your mouth. Dr. Melvin L. Ford III, Dr. Klaus D. Guter, and Dr. James A. Gray often does this in a single outpatient appointment, where you will need to be deeply sedated. You’ll need to arrange for a ride, while the sedative effect wears off.

The titanium abutment will start to gradually fuse with the surrounding bone tissues. In time, this will provide a very strong anchor for an eventual crown.

Once this happens, Dr. Melvin L. Ford III, Dr. Klaus D. Guter, and Dr. James A. Gray can fit the titanium abutment with a crown. If the missing tooth was prevalent in your smile, he might use a crown cast from dental-grade porcelain. This special material can be perfectly shaded to match the natural surrounding teeth.

If you live in the Virginia Beach, Virginia area and you’re missing a tooth, you should call (757) 544-9192 to explore the restoration options available at our clinic.