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 

Treatment:
The treatment procedure and number of visits is largely dependent on the specific conditions. 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 restorative dentist and surgeon do detailed treatment planning using state-of-the-art technology.  The desired final result is simulated and surgical guides are fabricated. 
  2: Installing the implants
Now, using the surgical guide, the dental implants are placed in the predicted positions  to replace some of the lost tooth roots. In this case, five implants are used. Temporary teeth can be attached that enable you to eat and function like normal while waiting for the permanent bridge to be installed.

     
3: Attaching the bridge
After a healing period, using the prior predictions as a guide, the final bridge is securely installed on top of the implants.
  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

 

Removable implant retained denture

An alternative to a fixed bridge is a removable overdenture, which is held in place by dental implants. The old fashioned denture has many disadvantages and many patients try to avoided this option if possible.

  Removable implant/bar anchored overdenture
A removable full denture that is connected to a bar attachment, which in turn is anchored on two or more implants in the front part of the jaw.

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 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 installation.

The disadvantages are many: discomfort in eating, poor function, poor esthetics, affected speech, and sore gums from denture movement. Also, a full denture placed in the upper jaw severely reduces the sense of taste because it covers the palate.  Many patients can not tolerate a denture over their palate due to their gag reflex.

 

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