There are times when a severe accident, blow to the face or severe tooth decay, can result in multiple missing teeth in one part of your mouth. This can have serious complications, by impairing your ability to chew, speak clearly, and alignment issues. In a case like this, the dental professionals at Cynthia E. Sherwood DDS often recommend installing a bridge on dental implants, to restore all of the missing teeth.
Your dentist will start by examining your mouth and taking a few X-rays. If the loss of the teeth also resulted in a loss of bone structure they might recommend that you receive a bone graft to help anchor the implants securely.
Receiving a dental implant is usually an outpatient procedure that requires sedation. You will need to have someone drive you and help you at home until you’re back on your feet.
During the procedure, two small incisions are made in your gums to gain direct access to the underlying bone. A narrow channel is made in the bone, and a titanium abutment is screwed into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and in time it will fuse to the bone.
Once the abutment is integrated into your jaw, your dentist can then start the process of installing the bridge to fully restore the missing teeth.
If you have lost multiple teeth in one part of your mouth, options, you should call Cynthia E. Sherwood DDS’s office in Independence, Kansas at (620) 331.4499 to see if you’re a good candidate to have a bridge mounted on dental implants.