When dental implants first appeared on the oral health care scene they were primarily used to replace a single missing tooth. Twenty years of dental technology advancement now allows dental implants to be used to create abutments that can mount a bridge that can replace multiple lost teeth.
A dentist at Cindy Walker, DMD, PA will need to examine your jaw structure before referring you to an oral surgeon. In some cases, a past extraction or chronic problems with gum disease could have caused a loss of bone structure, making it hard to mount an implant.
Once any bone structure issues have been addressed, the outpatient implant procedure can be scheduled. Most people choose to be deeply sedated. This means you will need to arrange to have someone drive you home after the procedure.
Two small channels will be made in your jawbone and a titanium abutment is then screwed into each. Titanium is a biologically safe metal that will eventually fuse to your natural jawbone to create a solid anchor.
Once everything has healed the dentist at Cindy Walker, DMD, PA can go about the process of installing a standard bridge to replace the missing teeth.
If you have lost multiple teeth in one part of your mouth, you should call Cindy Walker, DMD, PA’s office in Garner, North Carolina at (919) 773-0004 to explore your restoration options via dental implants.