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If a cavity goes ignored or undetected for too long, it can spread to the vital inner layers of the tooth. Sometimes an extremely decayed tooth can be saved by a root canal. Should the decay be proven to be extensive, your dentist, Dr. H. Michael Long, might need to extract the tooth in preparation for replacing it with a dental implant.

Dr. H. Michael Long will start by examining your mouth and taking a few X-rays of the area. If the tooth loss resulted in a degradation of bone material, he might recommend having a bone graft installed first.

To install the dental implant, a small channel will be drilled into your jaw bone. Then, a titanium implant will be screwed into place. Titanium is the metal of choice because it is biologically inert and it will eventually fuse to your jawbone in a process known as osseointegration.

Once the implant has fused to your jaw, Dr. H. Michael Long can start the process of installing a standard dental crown made from porcelain, gold or base metal alloy. With proper care and cleaning, your new dental implant should last for many years to come.

If you have a severely decayed tooth, you should not delay in calling H. Michael Long, DDS at 931-455-2595 to seek treatment and restoration with a dental implant in Tullahoma, Tennessee.