When dental implants first appeared on the oral health care scene they were primarily used to replace a single missing tooth. Over the course of the past two decades, dental implant technology has continued to evolve. Now dental implants can also be used in a variety of applications, including anchoring a bridge to restore multiple lost teeth.
At the initial appointment Dr. Rafla will examine your mouth and take some X-rays. This will assess the available jaw structure and the overall health of your mouth. If gum disease, tooth decay, or past extractions have caused a loss of bone structure, you might need to have a bone graft procedure to restore structure sufficient enough to mount your particular implant.
The implant procedure usually requires deep sedation. You will need to have a friend or family member drive you home and help you out for a little bit, while you get back on your feet.
To mount the two requisite implants, two small incisions will be made in the gums to gain direct access to the bone. Next they make two narrow channels in the bone and screw a titanium abutment into each one. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and will eventually fuse to your jawbone to provide a bridge with a very strong anchor.
Your gums will be sutured closed and each abutment will be protected under a temporary crown while they fuse to the bone. Later, Dr. Rafla can start the process of fitting you for a standard bridge.
If you have questions about how dental implants can be used to restore multiple lost teeth with a bridge, please call Dr. Rafla at 508-645-4338 to schedule an appointment.