Two decades ago when dental implants first emerged onto the oral healthcare scene they were primarily used to replace a single missing tooth. As implant technology has continued to evolve, they have not become an effective option for other applications such as securing a new bridge to replace multiple lost teeth.
If you have lost bone structure in your mouth as a result of severe tooth decay, advanced gum disease, or past extractions your dentist will probably recommend bone graft surgery. This simple procedure will restore lost bone structure to be able to securely anchor your implants.
The implant procedure often requires deep sedation and can be performed outpatient basis. This means you will need to have a friend or family member drive you. It would also help if they could stay with you at home for a little while as you get back on your feet.
During the implant procedure a periodontist or oral surgeon will make a small incision in your gums to access to the bone. Then they create two narrow channels in the bone and a titanium abutment is inserted into each. Titanium is the metal of choice because it is biologically safe and will fuse with your bones in a process known as osseointegration.
They will then cover the titanium abutments with temporary crowns to protect your gums while they heal. After the abutments have fused completely to the bone, 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 us at 818-641-5577 to schedule an appointment.