A little over two decades ago, dental implants emerged onto the oral healthcare scene offering a new and effective solution for replacing a missing tooth. As time has gone by dental implant technology has continued to evolve. Today dental implants can be used to also mount a bridge to restore multiple missing teeth.
First Dr. Armen Terteryan will want to examine your mouth and take a series of X-rays. This will assess the overall health of your mouth and determine how much jaw structure you have available. If the tooth loss also resulted in a loss of bone material in the area, you might need to have a bone graft installed to restore sufficient structure to mount the needed implants.
After any bone structure issues have been addressed, the process of implanting two abutments for your bridge can begin. Most people choose to be deeply sedated while the implant is installed, so you will need to arrange to have someone drive you and help you at home, for a few hours afterward.
During the procedure an oral surgeon will make two small incisions in your gums to gain direct access to the bone. They will then make two narrow channels in the bone before two titanium abutments are screwed into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and will eventually fuse to your bones to provide your final bridge with a strong anchor.
Your gums will be sutured closed and each abutment will be protected under a temporary crown while they fuse to the bone. Once everything has healed, Dr. Armen Terteryan can install an industry standard bridge.
If you are missing multiple teeth in one part of your mouth, you should call Dr. Armen Terteryan’s Woodland Hills, California clinic at (818) 716.7966 to see if you are a good candidate for dental implants.