Over the course of the last two decades, dental implants have slowly started to become a new standard for replacing or restoring the full oral function of people who have lost one or more teeth. At first, dental implants were only used to replace a single missing tooth. Since that time dental implant technology and techniques has continued to evolve. Today, dental implants can also be used in a variety of other applications, including anchoring a bridge to replace multiple teeth lost in one part of your mouth.
The process starts by Dr. Greg Hueler & Dr. Noah Sandler examining your mouth and taking a few X-rays. Then they can assess the overall health of your mouth and jaw structure. If past issues with chronic gum disease, tooth decay or tooth extractions have caused a loss of bone structure, they might recommend that you receive a bone graft in that part of the jaw to restore sufficient jaw structure to mount an implant.
During the procedure, two small incisions are made in your gums to gain direct access to the bone. A narrow channel is made for each corresponding abutment. Then a titanium implant is screwed into each. In time the titanium will naturally fuse to your jaw structure to feel just like a natural tooth. Your gums will be sutured closed and each abutment will be protected under a temporary crown while they fuse to the bone.
Then a visit to your dentist will be in order to fit you for a standard bridge and restore the full function and appearance of your mouth for years to come. For more information about your smile restoration options, we invite you to call our Midwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery team at 952-226-7940 to schedule an appointment.