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Tooth loss can cause several complications. This could start with a decreased ability to chew food, an alteration in the clarity of your speech, and a change in the appearance of your smile. As time goes on, the structural void left by the missing tooth can cause the surrounding teeth to gradually drift out of their correct position.

Fortunately, Dr. Thomas Hicks can restore the full function and appearance of your mouth with a dental implant.

This calls for inserting a titanium dental implant into existing bone structure of the void. Titanium is ideal for this as it will eventually fuse with the living bone tissues in the area. This will fully replicate the strength of the tooth’s original root.

Dr. Thomas Hicks can install the titanium implant in a single outpatient appointment. You will need to be deeply sedated to maintain your comfort throughout the treatment. A friend or family member will need to drive you home while the sedative effect dissipates.

Once the titanium implant has attained fully fused with the surrounding bone structure Dr. Thomas Hicks can start the process of fitting it with a standard dental crown. This is a perfect replica of the original tooth enamel layer cast in a special dental material.

If you live in the Portland, Oregon, area and you have recently lost a tooth, you should call 503-644-5433 to explore the dental restorations offered at LifeSmile Dental Group.