Having multiple teeth knocked out or lost to severe tooth decay can significantly impair the full function of your mouth. While a removable partial might replace some of the function of the teeth, it might not feel as strong as your natural teeth. To address concerns of this magnitude, your dentist, Drs. Larry Hoffman, Steven Flicker, & David Sher, sometimes advocates restoring the missing teeth with a bridge anchored to a pair of dental implants.
First, they will examine the area and assess your jaw structure by taking some X-rays. Sometimes when multiple teeth are lost, it also compromises the surrounding bone tissues in that part of your mouth. If you lack sufficient bone structure to anchor the implants, they might recommend having a bone graft installed first.
The dental implant abutments can usually be installed into your mouth in a single outpatient appointment, which usually requires deep sedation. Afterward, you will still feel groggy, so you will need to arrange to have a friend or family member drive you home.
To install the abutments, your dentist will make two small incisions in your gums to gain direct access to the underlying bone. A pair of narrow channels will be drilled into the bone and titanium abutments will be screwed into them. Hard, plastic, temporary crowns will be cemented over the abutments to protect them while the titanium gradually achieves fusion with the surrounding bone tissue.
Once the titanium abutments are securely fused to the surrounding bone structure, we will call you in for another appointment. This involves taking an impression of the two abutments and the corresponding teeth. This will be sent to an off-site dental lab where a new bridge will be made.
If you have lost multiple teeth in one part of your mouth and you’re interested in a tooth-replacement treatment in Chicago, Illinois, you should call 312-467-5268 to schedule a consultation at The Dental Implant Associates.