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 one of the alternative solutions.
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
- Patients may find they can eat comfortably
- Preserves your facial appearance and may 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.
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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 determines what needs to be done and prepares both himself and 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. Temporary teeth are attached that may 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 jaw replacement like this, it normally takes 2-3 visits to have the bridge completely attached.
|4: End result|
Your new teeth should be hard to tell from natural – both for you and others.
ALTERNATIVES TO A FIXED BRIDGE
|An alternative to a fixed bridge is a removable overdenture, which is anchored on implants. |
|Removable, implant anchored overdenture|
A removable full denture that is connected to either a ball or 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 may restore function and comfort. Cost is usually the reason why this solution is chosen over a fixed bridge.
|Removable full denture|
A denture that is loosely placed on top of the gum to cover the lost teeth.