Initially dental implants were used to replace a single tooth that was lost due to injury or severe tooth decay. As implant technology and techniques has advanced, they can now be used for other applications. If you have lost multiple teeth in one area implants can now be used to anchor a bridge.
During the initial consultation the oral surgeon will usually take a series of X-rays or a CT scan. This creates clear picture of how much healthy bone structure remain near the intended anchor points and will also show other important factors like the location of your sinuses.
If you lost the teeth in that area due to gum disease, or severe tooth decay, you might need a bone graft procedure before receiving the implant. This procedure will restore enough healthy bone to allow them to properly anchor the implant.
The procedure for implanting the anchor points is usually performed on outpatient basis. Most people opt for deep sedation for their own comfort. In this case you will need to arrange to have a friend or family member drive you.
The procedure involves the periodontist or oral surgeon creating two narrow channels in the bone. Titanium abutments are then screwed 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.
After the abutments are completely fused to your jawbone your dentist will create an impression of the area. This information will be sent to a dental lab, where they will create your new bridge. At a brief follow up appointment the dentist can cement the bridge in place, thus restoring the full function of your mouth.
If you have any questions about getting an implant bridge to replace multiple lost teeth, please feel free to call us at 912-354-9541 to schedule an appointment.