When dental implants first appeared in the dental industry, they were primarily used to replace a single missing tooth. Over the course of the last two decades, dental implant technology has expanded its range. Now, they can be used to install a bridge and replace multiple missing teeth.
The process of placing a dental implant in Harvey, Louisiana, starts with Dr. Barton Barré examining your mouth and taking a few X-rays. It’s important to examine your jaw structure. If advanced periodontal 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, but you will need to be deeply sedated. This means you will need to have a friend or family member drive you to and from the office.
During the procedure, two small incisions will be made 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 bone to feel just like a natural tooth.
Your gums will be sutured closed and each abutment will be protected under a temporary crown while the implants fuse to the bone.
When the abutments are ready, your Barré Dental Care dentist can fit you for a standard bridge, which will restore the full function and appearance of the missing teeth for many years to come.
If you are missing multiple teeth in one part of your mouth, you should call Barré Dental Care at 504-367-0355 to see if you are a good candidate for an implanted bridge.