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When dental implants first appeared on the oral health care scene, they were primarily used to replace a single missing tooth. Over the course of the past two decades, dental implant technology has continued to evolve. Now dental implants can be used to mount a bridge to restore an area of your mouth where you have lost multiple teeth.

The initial appointment involves examining the tooth and your jaw structure, as well as taking some X-rays. It’s not uncommon for a tooth that was lost or extracted, or If you’ve struggled with gum disease in the past, to decrease the bone structure in your jaw. In a situation like this, Ronald Hauptman, DDS and Bahar Rowhani, DDS will often recommend that you receive a bone graft to restore enough structure to mount an implant.

The implant procedure is often performed outpatient basis and usually requires deep sedation. So you will need to arrange to have someone drive you and help you out at home while you get back on your feet.

The procedure involves Ronald Hauptman, DDS and Bahar Rowhani, DDS making two small incisions in your gums to gain direct access to your jawbone. They will then make a narrow channel into the bone and screw a titanium abutment into place. An impression is made of the area, which is sent to a dental lab that makes your permanent bridge. Temporary crowns are placed over each abutment to protect them.

When your new bridge is ready, and the abutments are securely fused to your jaw bone, Ronald Hauptman, DDS and Bahar Rowhani, DDS will call you in for a follow up appointment. The temporary crowns are removed and your new bridge is cemented in place.

If you have lost multiple teeth in one part of your mouth and you are interested in how dental implants can be used to restore the full function of your mouth, you should call Ronald Hauptman, DDS and Bahar Rowhani, DDS at 703-241-0666 to schedule an appointment.