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When the natural bacteria living in your mouth exploit an area of weakened tooth enamel, it can cause a cavity to form. 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 prove to be extensive, your dentist, Dr. Ernesto Prida, might need to extract the tooth and restore it with a dental implant in Edinburg, Texas.

The process starts with Dr. Ernesto Prida examining your mouth and taking a few X-rays of the area. If the tooth loss resulted in the 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 will eventually fuse to your jawbone in a process known as osseointegration.

Once the implant has fused to your jaw, Dr. Ernesto Prida 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’re missing a tooth, please call A Plus Smiles at 956-627-3446 to see if a dental implant is right for you.