For the better part of two decades, dental implants were seen as an effective way to restore a single tooth that was knocked out, extracted or lost to tooth decay. Since that time dental technology has advanced so that now dental implants can be used to mount a bridge. This can effectively restore multiple missing teeth in one single application.
The first step involves a J. PARHAM DENTISTRY dentist examining the area to make sure you have sufficient jaw structure to anchor two dental implants. A lot of times when multiple teeth are lost it also results in a loss of bone structure. If this is the case, we might recommend that you receive a bone graft to rebuild the missing bone material.
The implant procedure is usually performed outpatient basis, by an oral surgeon that we will refer you to. Most people choose deep sedation for their own comfort. This requires a friend or family member to drive you home afterward.
During the procedure the oral surgeon will make two small incisions in your gums to gain direct access to the bone in your jaw. Two narrow channels are drilled into the bone and titanium abutments are secured in place.
Once the implant abutments are ready, we will take an impression of the area, which is sent to a dental lab that makes your new bridge. Temporary crowns are placed over each abutment to protect them.
A member of our staff will call you back in for a follow up appointment when your new bridge is ready. Your dentist will remove the temporary crowns and cement your permanent bridge in place.
If you have lost multiple teeth in one part of your mouth, you should call J. PARHAM DENTISTRY’s office in Springdale, Arkansas at 479-756-8631 to explore your restoration options.