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The molars and premolars at the back of your mouth are responsible for chewing and grinding food. If one is knocked out, extracted or lost to untreated tooth decay, it can significantly limit the function of your mouth.

In a case like this, your dentist, Dr. Niloufer Hamsayeh, will often recommend that you have a dental implant installed in the back of your mouth. This is a titanium abutment that is screwed into a channel made in the bone. Then, it is mounted with a dental crown made from gold or base metal alloys, which are both strong and durable materials.

It’s important to assess the remaining bone structure in the back of your mouth. Sometimes when a tooth is lost, it takes some of the surrounding bone tissues with it. If this is the case, you might need to receive a bone graft in advance of mounting the dental implant.

The installation of the titanium abutment involves an oral surgeon making an incision in your gums. Then, a small hole will be drilled directly into the underlying bone. The titanium abutment will be screwed into place and a temporary crown will be cemented over the top to protect it.

In time, the titanium implant will integrate with the surrounding bone tissues in a process known as osseointegration. Once this occurs, your dentist can fit you for a crown that will replace the molar for many years to come.

If you have lost a molar, you should call Niloufer G. Hamsayeh, DDSat 415.682.6377 to see if you’re a good candidate for a dental implant in San Francisco, California.