Tooth decay is often the unfortunate result of poor oral hygiene habits encouraging the natural bacteria in your mouth to attack tooth enamel. With timely treatment, it can usually be resolved by applying a dental filling or a dental crown restoration. If left untreated, the decay can penetrate the root, cause a severe fracture, or allow a dangerous infection to develop deep within the gums.
In an extreme case, Dr. Behzad Abadi might not be able to repair the tooth with a root canal. In a case this severe, the remnants of the tooth might need to be extracted. After your gums have healed and any potential infection has been resolved, Dr. Behzad Abadi might recommend restoring the tooth with a dental implant.
The first step in this type of dental restoration calls for Dr. Behzad Abadi installing a titanium abutment into the bone structure of the original socket. Titanium is the metal of choice because it is biologically inert and it will eventually fuse to your surrounding bone in a process known as osseointegration.
Once the titanium abutment has fully fused with the bone, Dr. Behzad Abadi can start the process of installing a standard dental crown made from porcelain, gold, or base metal alloy. With proper care and cleaning, your new dental implant should last for many years to come.
If you live in the Encino, California, area and you have a tooth suffering from untreated tooth decay, you should call 818-514-8732 to explore your treatment and restoration options at Behzad Abadi DMD.