If you’ve had multiple teeth knocked out or lost to severe tooth decay, it can significantly impair your ability to chew food. Also, if the teeth were part of your smile, it can significantly mar your appearance. One way to restore the presence, function, and appearance of the missing teeth is to mount a bridge onto dental implant anchors.
The process starts with your dentist, Dr. Brian Kraft, examining your mouth and taking a few X-rays. It’s important to assess your jaw structure. If past issues with chronic gum disease or tooth extractions have caused the loss of bone structure, you might need to receive a bone graft in the area.
The implant can be installed in a single outpatient appointment where you will need to be deeply sedated. This means you will need to arrange to have a friend or family member drive you home afterward.
During the procedure, Dr. Brian Kraft will make two small incisions in your gums to gain direct access to the bone. A narrow channel will be made for each corresponding abutment. Then, a titanium implant will be screwed into each channel. In time, the titanium will naturally fuse to your jaw structure to feel just like a natural tooth.
Your gums will be sutured closed and each abutment will be fitted with a temporary crown. This will adequately protect them while they fuse to the bone.
Once the abutments have achieved total fusion, Dr. Brian Kraft will fit you for a standard dental bridge to restore the full function and appearance of the missing teeth for many years to come.
If you have lost multiple teeth in one area of your mouth, you should call 801-465-7966 to schedule an appointment at Payson Dental and Orthodontics regarding dental implants in Payson, Utah.