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Each of the molars in the back of your mouth are very important for the overall oral function of your mouth. They are very large and primarily called upon to do the lion’s share of chewing and grinding. When a back molar is lost to untreated tooth decay, dental avulsion, or a required extraction, it can significantly hamper your ability to process food.

When a rear molar is lost, it cannot viably be replaced by a dental bridge as there is no corresponding tooth behind it to serve as an anchor. In a situation like this, Dr. Scott Timmons & Justin Gangestad will likely recommend a dental implant.

This is a two-phase dental restoration that starts by directly installing a titanium dental abutment into the missing molar’s original socket.

Your oral surgeon will do this by making an incision in your gums. They will then drill a small hole directly into the 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 will integrate with the surrounding bone tissues in a process known as osseointegration. Dr. Scott Timmons & Justin Gangestad can then start the standard practice of fitting the abutment with a dental crown.

If you live in the Baxter, Minnesota, area and you are missing a molar, you should call 218-829-4207 to schedule a consultation with the dental restoration specialists at Baxter Dental.