Dental implants have been an oral treatment option for over twenty years. Initially they were used to replace a single lost tooth. As industry techniques and technology have continued to advance, they have started to come into use for a variety of other applications. Now they are also an effective option for anchoring a bridge. A bridge requires two firm abutments implanted at opposite ends of the area being restored.
Before proceeding with the implant process the periodontist or oral surgeon will want to inspect your mouth and take a series of X-rays. This will give them a clear understanding of strength of your jaw structure. If you have lost bone structure in your jaw, from gum disease, tooth decay or past extractions they will probably recommend a bone graft procedure. This simple surgery will make sure there is enough structure available to securely anchor the implants.
The implant procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and often requires deep sedation. You will need to have someone drive you and help you out at home for a little bit while you are getting back on your feet.
The procedure involves an oral surgeon making two narrow channels in the bone. Then they screw a titanium abutment into each channel. Titanium is biologically safe and in time it will fuse to your jaw bone making two solid anchor points to mount your new bridge. The surgeon will then cover each abutment with plastic caps to protect the tissues while they heal.
After your gums have healed and the implants are firm, 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 314-351-6554 to schedule an appointment.