Over the course of the last twenty years, dental implant technology has continued to evolve to serve alternate applications. One of the most promising developments has been using dental implants to mount a bridge, replacing multiple missing teeth in one area of your mouth.
The first step in placing a bridge involves your 19th Avenue Dental dentist examining the area to make sure you have sufficient jaw structure to anchor two dental implants. In many cases, when multiple teeth are lost, it also results in the loss of bone structure. If this is the case for you, we might recommend getting a bone graft so we can mount the implants.
The implant procedure is usually performed outpatient basis by an oral surgeon. Most people choose deep sedation for their own comfort. This requires a friend or family member to drive you home after your appointment.
During the procedure, the oral surgeon will make two small incisions in your gums to gain direct access to the bone in your jaw. Two narrow channels will be drilled into the bone and titanium abutments will be secured in place.
Once the implanted abutments are ready, we will take an impression of the area and it will be sent to the dental lab where your new bridge will be made. Temporary crowns will be placed over each abutment to protect them.
A member of our staff will call you back into our office for a follow-up appointment when your new bridge is ready. During this appointment, Dr. Shuichi Yamaguchi will remove the temporary crowns and cement your permanent bridge in place.
If you have lost multiple teeth in one part of your mouth and you’re interested in a dental bridge in Everett, Washington, you should call 19th Avenue Dental at 425-385-8130 and schedule an appointment.