When dental implants first came into use in the oral healthcare industry, over 2 decades ago they were primarily used to replace only one missing tooth. Over the years, dental implant technology and techniques have continued to evolve. Now dental implants can also be used to anchor a bridge to replace multiple missing teeth.
The initial consultation involves one of the dentists at Advanced Aesthetics Dentistry examining your mouth and taking some X-rays. This helps them get a clear picture of how much healthy jaw structure is available to mount the implants. If gum disease, tooth decay or past extractions have caused a loss of bone structure, the dentist might recommend you receive a bone graft in the area to restore enough structure to mount the dental implant.
The dental implant procedure is often performed outpatient basis and usually requires deep sedation. This means you will need to arrange to have a friend or family member drive you.
During the bridge implant procedure, two small incisions are made in your gums. One for each dental implant. A narrow channel is made in the bone and a titanium abutment is screwed into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and will eventually fuse to your bones to create a very strong anchor.
Your gums are sutured closed and each abutment is covered with a temporary crown to protect it while it fuses to the bone. Later, your dentist can start the process of fitting you for a standard bridge. With proper care it should last for many years to come.
If you have any questions about getting an implant bridge to replace multiple lost teeth, please feel free to call [practice name] at [phone] to schedule an appointment.