Dental implants came into common use a little over twenty years ago. At first they were primarily used to replace a single lost tooth. As dental implant technology has continued to evolve it can now be used in a variety of other applications. As a result, they have become a very effective option for anchoring a bridge.
At the start of the process the periodontist or oral surgeon will inspect your mouth and take a few X-rays. This helps them understand the strength of your jaw structure. If you have lost bone material in your jaw, they might recommend a bone graft procedure to make sure there is enough structure to anchor the implants.
Just like a traditional bridge it requires two firm abutments implanted at opposite ends of the area being restored.
The outpatient procedure often requires deep sedation to insure your comfort. You will need to have a friend or family member to drive you and help you out at home while you are getting back on your feet.
During the procedure the oral surgeon makes two narrow channels in the bone. The titanium abutments are then screwed into each channel. Titanium is biologically safe and will fuse to the bone in time to create solid anchor points for your new bridge. Once they are in place the surgeon will cover the abutments with plastic caps that will protect the area.
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 312-467-5268 to schedule an appointment.