When dental implants first emerged onto the oral health care scene over two decades ago they were primarily used to replace a single tooth that was missing as a result of advanced tooth decay or an injury that required extraction.
As dental implant technology has continued to develop they have come into common practice with a host of other applications. Dental implants have become a very effective option for restoring the full function of your mouth, by their ability to anchor a bridge.
During the initial consultation the periodontist or oral surgeon will take a series X-rays or perform a CT scan. This gives them a good understanding of how much healthy bone structure is available in the area meant for the implant. If you have lost bone material in this area, they might recommend you have a bone graft procedure in advance to make sure there is enough solid structure to anchor an implant.
The implant procedure is performed outpatient basis and usually involves deep sedation. So you will need some to drive you.
During the procedure the periodontist or oral surgeon makes two incisions in the gum tissue that are just deep enough allow access to the bone. They will them create two narrow channels in the bone and screw two titanium abutments in place. Titanium is the ideal metal because it is biologically safe and fuses to the bone.
The oral surgeon will then cover the abutments with plastic caps that will protect them and the incision sites while they heal.
Once everything is healed your dentist can start the process of fitting you for a standard bridge. With proper care this will restore the full function of your mouth 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 us at 952-226-7940 to schedule an appointment.