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.
Before scheduling the dental implant procedure George R. Hussey, DDS, FAGD will want to examine your mouth and jaw structure. In some cases, a past extraction or chronic problems with periodontal disease might have resulted in a loss of bone structure in the area. If this is the case, we might recommend a bone graft procedure to restore sufficient bone mass to secure the dental implants.
Once it has been ascertained that you have sufficient bone structure, the outpatient implant procedure can be scheduled. Most people choose to be deeply sedated, so you will need to arrange to have someone drive you home after the procedure.
Two small incisions will be made in your gums, and a titanium abutment is then screwed into each. Titanium is a biologically safe metal that, in time, will fuse to your natural jawbone, in a process known as osseointegration.
Once everything has healed your George R. Hussey, DDS, FAGD dentist can fit the tooth with a standard bridge to effectively restore the full function and appearance of your mouth.
If you have lost multiple teeth in one part of your mouth and you are interested in how dental implants can be used to restore your missing teeth with a bridge, you should call George R. Hussey, DDS, FAGD at 360.653.5197 to schedule an appointment.