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Losing a tooth can impact your mouth by more than a modest reduction in chewing efficiency. If the missing tooth was visible in your smile, it can alter your appearance and even cause you to slur your speech. As time goes on, the changes in dental structure can cause the nearby teeth to change in alignment.

This can pose even more significant complications in the form of dental attrition on tooth enamel and dental fractures on related teeth in your dentition.

To prevent these problems, Dr. Joseph Conard can perform a dental implant restoration. This involves installing a titanium implant abutment into the underlying bone structure of the original socket.

A special property of titanium will allow the abutment to gradually fuse with living bone tissues. Once total fusion has been attained, Dr. Joseph Conard can start the process of fitting you for a standard dental crown.

The material he advocates for the crown will be largely influenced by the tooth’s primary function and visibility in your smile.

Gold and base metal alloy crowns are durable, making them a good choice for back teeth that are called upon to do a lot of chewing and grinding. For a tooth that is visible in your smile, he will likely recommend a porcelain dental crown. This material can be shaded to perfectly match the surrounding teeth in your smile.

If you live in the Waynesville, North Carolina, area and you are in need of a dental restoration, you should call 828-452-1187 to set up a consultation at Joseph R. Conard, DDS.