For over two decades, dental implants have been used to effectively restore a lost tooth.

Your dentist, Dr. Sanjay Merchant, will start the treatment by inspecting your mouth and taking a few X-rays to make sure you have sufficient bone structure to mount a dental implant. If you lost the tooth due to advanced tooth decay, total extraction, or gum disease, you might not have strong bone structure.

If this is the case, your dentist might recommend receiving a bone graft before the implant procedure.

During the dental implant procedure, an oral surgeon will drill a small channel into your jaw bone. Then, a titanium post is screwed into place. Titanium is the metal of choice because it is biologically inert and will eventually fuse to your jawbone in a process known as osseointegration.

Once the implant has fused to your jaw, our Southridge Dental Group team can install a dental crown onto the titanium abutment. With the proper care and cleaning, your new dental implant should last for many years to come.

If you’ve lost a tooth, you should call Dr. Sanjay Merchant at 909-822-9090 to have it replaced with a dental implant in Fontana, California.