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If you’ve had a tooth extracted in the past, whether it was due to severe tooth decay, gum disease, or oral injury, you might be interested in exploring your restoration options. Here at Tacoma Washington Dentist, one of the most effective options for restoring a previously extracted tooth is to use a dental implant.

First, your dentist will need to examine your mouth and take a series of X-rays to better understand the condition of the available bone structure. If the extraction process resulted in the loss of bone structure, we might recommend that you receive a bone graft. This will effectively restore sufficient jaw bone so you can securely anchor a dental implant.

A dental implant procedure in Fircrest, Washington, is performed on an outpatient basis, which will require deep sedation. This means you will need a friend or family member to drive you to and from your appointment.

It starts with an oral surgeon making a small incision in your gums to gain direct access to your jawbone. Then, a narrow channel is made in the bone and a titanium post is screwed into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and will eventually fuse to your bones to create a very strong anchor.

After your gums have healed and the titanium post has fused to your jawbone, our Tacoma Washington Dentist team can start the process of installing a dental crown to fully restore your tooth and give you back the full function of your mouth.

If you have a previously extracted tooth and you are interested in having it restored by a dental implant, please call Tacoma Washington Dentist at to schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Phuong Nguyen.