Dental implants came into common practice in restorative dentistry a little over twenty years. At that time, they were only viewed as a viable way to restore a single missing tooth. They were especially helpful for restoring a molar that had been lost, and couldn’t be restored by a bridge. As time has passed restorative dentistry techniques have evolved so that now dental implants can be used to anchor a bridge, thus restoring multiple teeth lost in one area of the mouth.
The first step in the process begins with Miller Family Dental examining the area and assessing your jaw structure by taking some X-rays. Sometimes when teeth are lost, they take the bone structure with them. If you lack sufficient bone structure to anchor the implants, we might recommend having a bone graft installed first.
The implant procedure is often performed outpatient basis and usually requires deep sedation. So you will need to arrange to have a friend or family member drive you.
During the procedure, the oral surgeon will make two small incisions in your gums to gain direct access to the bone in your jaw. Narrow channels are drilled into the bone and titanium abutments are secured in place. Hard plastic temporary crowns are secured 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, Miller Family Dental will call you in for a follow-up appointment to begin the process of forming and mounting a permanent bridge.
If you have lost multiple teeth in one part of your mouth you should call Miller Family Dental’s clinic in Houston, Texas at 281.225.4966 to discuss restoring them with dental implants.