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Dental implants used to be used as a highly effective way to restore a single missing tooth. As time has gone on, restorative dentistry has continued to evolve dental implant technology so now they can be used to anchor a dental bridge. This has become a highly effective way to restore the presence, function, and appearance of multiple missing teeth in one area of your mouth.

At the start of the restoration process, Dr. Nancy Urquiola will examine your mouth and take a series of X-rays. This will assess the overall health of your mouth and determine the health of the available jaw structure. If the tooth loss also resulted in a loss of bone in the area, you might need to have a bone graft installed to restore sufficient bone to mount the needed implants. Once any structural concerns have been addressed, the process of implanting two abutments for your dental bridge can begin.

Your dentist can install the dental implants in a single outpatient appointment. Most people choose to be deeply sedated while the implant is installed, so you will need to arrange to have someone drive you home afterward.

To do this, she will make two small incisions in your gums to gain direct access to the bone. Then, two narrow channels will be made in the bone before two titanium abutments will be 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. Nancy Urquiola can go about the standard practice of fitting the abutments with a bridge.

If you are missing multiple teeth in one part of your mouth and you’re interested in a dental implanted bridge in Ann Arbor, Michigan, you should call 734-973-7450 to schedule an appointment at Urquiola Dental Center PC.