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A tooth that is lost due to severe tooth decay, damage or extraction can seriously compromise the function and appearance of your mouth. Beyond impairing your ability to chew food, a lost tooth can impact your smile and your speech. In time, it could lead to alignment issues because the surrounding teeth turn and migrate toward the void.

If you’ve recently lost a tooth, you should talk to your dentist, Dr. Cauleen Stepp, about your restoration options. One of the more popular options she recommends is to have the lost tooth replaced by a dental implant in Bellaire, Texas.

Before scheduling the implant procedure, Dr. Cauleen Stepp will examine your mouth and jaw structure. In some cases, a past extraction or gum disease might have resulted in the loss of jaw bone. If this is the case, she might recommend a bone graft procedure to restore enough bone to mount the implant.

The dental implant treatment can be performed on an outpatient basis. Most people choose to be deeply sedated during this treatment, so you will need to have someone drive you to and from your appointment.

During the treatment, a small incision will be made in your gums and a titanium abutment will be screwed into place. Titanium is a biologically safe metal that, in time, will fuse to your natural jawbone.

Once everything has healed, Dr. Cauleen Stepp will fit the tooth with a standard crown to effectively restore the full function and appearance of your mouth.

If you’ve recently lost a tooth, you should call Stepp Family Dentistry at 713-520-8400 to explore your treatment and restoration options.