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ALL TEETH MISSING
Benefits of a fixed bridge on implants
When all of the teeth are missing or in such condition that they need to be replaced, a fixed bridge anchored on dental implants offers a permanent solution.
Before dental implants, there was no fixed solution available for people who lost all their teeth. Today, it is possible to replace a full arch of missing teeth with dental implants and a fixed bridge. This results in a permanent, stable, and highly esthetic solution.
- You are able to eat and function just like having natural teeth
- You will have a solid, stable solution that will serve you for life
- Your facial appearance will be preserved and bone loss is prevented
The treatment procedure and number of visits is largely dependent on the specific conditions, such as amount and quality of available bone. This will be analyzed and discussed at your consultation appointment. The surgical procedure often can be performed in one visit. Most patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated.
COURSE OF TREATMENT
PLACEMENT OF THE FIXED BRIDGE– STEP-BY-STEP
The course of treatment described here is one of several options available. Consult your surgeon to find out what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition.
|1: Before the procedure
The surgeon determines what needs to be done and prepares the patient for the coming treatment procedure.
|2: Placing the implants|
The first step is placing dental implants to replace the lost tooth roots. In this case, five implants are used. Temporary teeth are placed that enable you to eat and function while waiting for the permanent bridge to be installed.
|3: Attaching the bridge
The final bridge is securely installed on top of the implants. With a full arch replacement like this, it normally takes 2-3 visits to have the bridge completely attached.
|4: End result|
Your new teeth should feel and appear natural. People who have had traditional dentures before getting a fixed bridge often describe this as an overwhelming and very positive experience.
ALTERNATIVES TO A FIXED BRIDGE
Removable Implant Anchored Overdenture
An alternative to a fixed bridge is a removable overdenture, which is anchored on implants. This alternative to a traditional denture allows for better retention and stability of the restoration. In this case, a removable full denture is connected to either a ball or bar attachment, which is anchored on two or more implants.
The implants help keep the denture in place and provide better function and comfort. Cost is usually the reason why this solution is chosen over a fixed bridge – although the end result can’t be compared.
Removable full denture
A traditional denture that is loosely placed on top of the gum to cover the lost teeth. This alternative has no real advantages – except for its low price and easy placement.
There are several disadvantages: discomfort in eating, poor esthetics, affected speech, and sore gums from denture movement. Moreover, a full denture placed in the upper jaw severely reduces the sense of taste.