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If a tooth in your smile has been knocked out or lost, it can leave you feeling self-conscious and less able to bite off common foods. It could even slur your speech and impact your overall quality of life.

One of the best methods for restoring the tooth’s presence in your smile is to have Tommy J. Baugh, DDS’s dental team restore it with a dental implant. This is basically a titanium abutment that is inserted into the bone. Then it is covered by a porcelain or porcelain fused to metal crown.

To install the titanium abutment, an oral surgeon will make an incision in your gums. Then a small hole is drilled directly into the bone. The titanium abutment is screwed into place and a hard plastic temporary crown is 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. This will create a firm anchor point for your eventual crown. Once this has been achieved your Tommy J. Baugh, DDS dentist can go about the process of installing a standard porcelain crown.

With daily care and cleaning, your new tooth should serve you well for many years to come.

If you have recently lost one of your front teeth, you should call Tommy J. Baugh, DDS’s clinic in Houston, Texas at 281-484-1006 to start the process of restoring it with a dental implant.