When dental implants first appeared in the oral healthcare scene, they were primarily used to replace a single missing tooth. Over the course of time, dental implant technology has continued to evolve. Now, they can be used to create anchor points for a dental bridge to fill the large void left by multiple lost teeth.
The process starts with a member of our Blue Ridge Dentistry dental team examining the area and taking some X-rays. This helps determine if you have sufficient bone structure to mount a dental implant. If you have lost bone structure in the area, we might recommend that you receive a bone graft in advance of the implant procedure.
You will need to be fully sedated while the implant is installed. So, you will need to arrange to have someone drive you home after the appointment.
During the implantation procedure, an oral surgeon will make two small channels into your jawbone. A titanium implant will then be screwed into each channel. Titanium is the metal of choice because it is biologically inert and will eventually fuse to your jawbone.
In time, the implants will fuse to the bone and your dentists, Drs. Taylor, Gordon, and Gordon, can start the process of fitting the two titanium abutments with a bridge.
If you have lost multiple teeth in one part of your mouth and you are interested in how dental implants in Boone, North Carolina, can replace them, you should call Blue Ridge Dentistry at 828-264-3333 to schedule an appointment.