Dental implant technology has greatly advanced over the course of the last 20 years. Originally, dental implants could only replace a single missing tooth. Now they can also be used to anchor a bridge to allow you to regain the full function of your mouth!
At the first appointment the oral surgeon will probably want to take a series of X-rays or a CT scan. This will give them a clear picture of your bone structure and any other factors related to the implant procedure. If you lost a significant amount of bone material due to gum disease or extracted teeth, you might require a bone graft to create solid anchor points for the implanted bridge.
The implant procedure is usually done on an outpatient basis and often requires deeply sedated for their own comfort. This means you will want to arrange for someone to drive you.
Once you are sedated the oral surgeon creates two narrow channels in your jawbone. They will then screw a titanium abutment into each channel. Titanium is the ideal metal because it is biologically and in time, it will fuse to the bone creating a very strong anchor. The oral surgeon will then cover the abutments with a temporary cap to protect them.
In time the abutments will achieve complete fusion and you dentist can use them to craft and anchor a traditional bridge. With a proper oral hygiene routine your bridge can last for 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 270.282.0909 to schedule an appointment.