When dental implants first emerged on the oral healthcare landscape, they were used to restore a single missing tooth. Over the course of the last two decades, the oral healthcare industry has invested serious research and development into the use of dental implants so they can be used to anchor a dental bridge. This can effectively restore the full function and appearance of multiple missing teeth in one area of your mouth.
The first step in the process involves our dentist, Dr. Van Parham, examining the area and assessing 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, he might recommend having a bone graft installed first.
The dental implant abutments can usually be installed in a single outpatient appointment and it 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 implants, we 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 your jaw bone, our team 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 is made.
If you have lost multiple teeth in one part of your mouth, please call The Art of Dentistry at 972-441-8199 to find out more about dental implants in Irving, Texas. We wish you a healthy, smile-filled holiday season!