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SEVERAL TEETH MISSING

Benefits with fixed bridge or individual crowns over implants:
In this case, when replacing three teeth in the far back of the mouth, implants are the only options other than a partial denture.   

Having dental implants replacing your lost back teeth will give you  new, unparalleled strength and stability that allows you function well and preserve your jawbone and facial appearance.

  • The only fixed alternative in this situation.
  • A stable, secure solution that lets you eat what you want
  • Preserves your facial appearance and prevents bone loss

Treatment:
After the initial examination, a detailed treatment plan will be done with your restorative dentist and surgeon.  Implants are placed and allowed to heal, then individual crowns or fixed bridges are placed. 

 

 


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
Three teeth at back end of the mouth are missing. The only stable replacement alternative is installing a individual crowns or a fixed bridge. The bridge contains all teeth in one piece and is anchored on dental implants.
  2: Installing the implants
First, a detailed treatment prediction is done and a surgical guide fabricated.  Using this guide the implants are placed in the predicted positions.   A temporary bridge or crown may be placed at the same time, making it possible for you to function like normal almost immediately after leaving the surgeon.  

     
3: Attaching the bridge or crowns
The implants need to integrate with the jawbone before the crowns or final  bridge is attached. This is usually done 3-4 months after placement.   
  4: End result
The new crowns or bridge will handle all the pressure that your strong, natural back teeth did. You will have a stable and secure solution that allows you to eat what you want.


 

 


ALTERNATIVES TO FIXED BRIDGE

  Removable partial denture
This alternative is often described as uncomfortable and a hard to use. Function can’t be compared to that of fixed crowns or bridge. This denture is made of plastic and metal, with hooks that "clasp" the remaining teeth for retention.  Patients will often decide not to wear these options due to their fit and function.  This option is somewhat less expensive and can be done in less time.

 

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