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Several Teeth Missing?

Benefits with fixed bridge on implants

In this case, when replacing three teeth in the far back of the mouth, a fixed bridge anchored to dental implants is the only fixed alternative. Traditional dentures can’t offer the same stability or function.

Having dental implants replacing your lost back teeth will give you new, unparalleled strength and stability that allows you to eat what you want. It will also 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

Course of Treatment

Installing the Fixed Bridge – Step-by-Step

The course of treatment described here is one of several options available. We can help you 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 real replacement alternative is installing a fixed bridge. The bridge contains all teeth in one place and is anchored on dental implants.

2. Installing the implant: First, the implants are installed. This is normally done in a single session.

3. Attaching the bridge: The implants need to integrate with the jawbone before the permanent bridge is attached. This is normally done 4 months after the implant installation. The time will vary, depending on the teeth affected and the esthetical demands.

4. End result: The new 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 to dental implants is often perceived as uncomfortable and a bit complicated to use. Function can’t be compared to that of a bridge. This denture is made of plastic and metal, which affects its look. It is quite expensive to fabricate due to its many parts. However, the installation process is simple, and natural teeth are spread.

All Teeth Missing?

Benefits of permanent teeth on implants

When all teeth are missing or in such bad condition that they need to be replaced, a fixed nonremovable full arch replacement prosthesis anchored to dental implants is the best permanent solution.

Prior to dental implant procedures, there was no fixed nonremovable prosthetic solution available for people who lost all their teeth. Today, it is possible to replace a full jaw with dental implants with permanent nonremovable teeth; the results are stable and highly esthetic.

  • Dental implants allow you to eat and function as if you had natural teeth
  • A solid, stable solution that will serve you for life
  • Preserves your facial appearance and prevents bone loss

Course of Treatment

Installing the Fixed Permanent Teeth – Step-by-Step

The course of treatment described here is one of several options available. This procedure is similar to “All On Four” or “Teeth in a Day”. The only difference is one less implant.

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 enable you to eat and function like normal while waiting for the permanent teeth to be installed.

3. Attaching the permanent teeth: The final prosthesis 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 permanent teeth on implants often describe this as an overwhelming and very positive experience.

Alternative to a Fixed Prosthesis

An alternative to a fixed prosthesis is a removable overdenture, which is anchored on implants. The old fashioned denture has many disadvantages and should be avoided if possible.

Removable, implant and anchored overdenture

A removable full denture that is connected to wither 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 provide better function and comfort. Cost is usually the reason why this solution is chosen over a fixed prosthesis – although the end result can’t be compared.

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