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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 last twenty 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 process of installing a dental implant begins with a Henderson Family Dental dentist examining the area and taking some X-rays. This helps to 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 and help you get back on your feet again, once you’re home.

During the implantation procedure an oral surgeon will make two small channels into your jawbone. A titanium implant is then 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 a member of Henderson Family Dental’s dental team 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 can be used to restore them, you should call Henderson Family Dental’s Henderson, Nevada clinic at 702-564-2526 to schedule an appointment.