Tooth decay and oral trauma incidents can damage your smile or make your teeth fall out of place. This is even more likely to be an issue if you’ve struggled with the advanced form of gum disease known as periodontitis. When multiple teeth are lost, the impact to your oral function and overall quality of life can be very significant.
Here at Arden Dental Group, Dr. Joseph Younger can help prevent further complications and restore your missing teeth by installing a dental bridge onto dental implants.
The first step in the process calls for performing a thorough examination of the area to assess your jaw structure and overall health of your mouth. In many cases of multiple tooth loss, the underlying bone structure in the area is also compromised. To address a problem like this, your dentist might first recommend having a bone graft performed.
Once any structural concerns have been addressed, he can start the dental implant process. This can usually be installed into your mouth in a single outpatient appointment. You will still feel some postoperative sedative effect, so you will need to arrange for a ride home.
To install the abutments, two small incisions will be made in your gums to gain direct access to the underlying bone. 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 have fused with the surrounding bone tissues, your dentist can start the process of fitting you for a standard dental bridge. This will effectively restore the presence and function of your multiple missing teeth.
If you’ve lost multiple teeth in one area of your mouth and you’re interested in an implanted bridge in Arden, North Carolina, you should call 828-684-9260 to schedule an appointment at Arden Dental Group.