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When dental implants first existed, 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. In recent years, they have started being used to create anchor points for a dental bridge. This can effectively restore multiple missing teeth with one dental restoration.

The process starts with your dentist, Dr. Steven Rodriguez, examining your mouth and taking a few X-rays. It’s important to assess your jaw structure. If past issues with advanced periodontal disease or past 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, 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. 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 protected under a temporary crown while they fuse to the bone.

Once the abutments have achieved total fusion, Dr. Steven Rodriguez 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 are missing multiple teeth in one part of your mouth, you should call Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Lansing at 517-333-3160 to see if you are a good candidate for a dental bridge mounted to dental implants in Lansing, Michigan.