ALL TEETH MISSING
Benefits of a fixed bridge on implants
When all teeth are missing or in such condition that they need to be replaced, a fixed bridge anchored to dental implants is the best permanent solution
Before dental implants, there were no fixed solution available for people who lost all their teeth. Today, it is possible to replace a full jaw with dental implants and a fixed bridge that results in a permanent, stable and high esthetic solution.
- Lets you eat and function like having natural teeth
- A solid, stable solution that will serve you for life
- Preserves your facial appearance and prevents bone loss
The treatment procedure and number of visits is largely dependent on the specific conditions. But all in all, 8-10 visits should be enough to have a fixed bridge installed. Most patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated.
COURSE OF TREATMENT
INSTALLING THE FIXED BRIDGE– STEP-BY-STEP
The course of treatment described here is one of several options available. Consult your dentist to find out what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition.
|1: Before the procedure
The dentist and oral surgeon determines what needs to be done and prepares both the patient for the coming treatment procedure.
|2: Installing the implants
The first step is installing dental implants to replace the lost tooth roots. In this case, five implants are used. A temporary prosthesis is given that enable you to eat and function like normal while waiting for the permanent bridge to be installed.
|3: Attaching the bridge
After the implants integrate into the jawbone, abutments are fitted, multiple impressions are taken, and a temporary bridge is given.
|4: End result
Your new teeth should be hard to tell from natural – both for you and others. 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
|Implant supported removable overdenture
An alternative to a fixed bridge is a removable overdenture, which is anchored on implants. This provides much more stability and better function than a traditional complete denture.
|Traditional removable complete denture
This type of denture is only considered if finances or health issues prevent implant placement. Patients report discomfort in eating, poor esthetics, affected speech, and sore gums from denture movement.