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A large area of tooth decay that goes without Dr. Kevin J. Reece’s attention can quickly spread to infect the pulp or root of the tooth. Sometime the tooth can be so badly decayed that Dr. Kevin J. Reece simply has to extract it to prevent pain, infection and further complications.

The dental implant procedure is often performed on an outpatient basis, requiring deep sedation. After the procedure, you’ll need to have someone drive you home and help you out for a little while you regain your faculties.

During the procedure a small incision is made in your gums to gain direct access to the underlying bone. A narrow channel is drilled and a titanium abutment is screwed into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and will eventually fuse to the bone structure of your jaw in a process known as osseointegration.

Once the dental implant is secure and your gums have completely healed, Dr. Kevin J. Reece can start the process of installing a standard crown. Most crowns are made from either porcelain, gold or base metal alloys. The material that he recommends will be based on the tooth’s primary function and relationship to your smile.

If you have a badly decayed tooth, or you’ve recently lost a tooth, you should call Dr. Kevin J. Reece’s Payson, Utah clinic at 801-465-4474 to see if you’re a good candidate for a dental implant.