A fixed bridge anchored to dental implants is the best permanent solution if all teeth are missing or in poor condition. A full arch replacement will allow patients to eat, have the function of natural teeth, prevent bone loss, preserve the facial appearance, and is a permanent, solid, and stable solution.
Installing the Fixed Bridge
Each procedure is treated based upon specific conditions. Therefore the number of visits can vary. However, allow approximately 8-10 visits. At the first visit, the dentist determines what is needed to be done. They will prepare a plan for the upcoming treatment. Installing dental implants to replace the lost tooth roots is the first step. While waiting for the permanent bridge, temporary teeth are attached. This allows normal function such as eating. Next the bridge is secured to the top of the implants. Completely attaching a full bridge takes about 2-3 visits. It will be hard to tell your natural teeth from your fixed bridge. Patients are more comfortable following the procedure than anticipated. There are several options available for treatment. Please consult our dental team to find out the best solution for you.
Alternatives to a Fixed Bridge
Removable dentures are connected to a ball or bar attachment that is anchored on an implant. The implant keeps the denture in place providing comfortable function. The cost for a removable denture is usually the reason why this solution is chosen. However, the end result cannot compare to a fixed bridge. Some disadvantages may be discomfort while eating, affected speech, sore gums, and poor esthetics.
Multiple Teeth Replacement
In order to replace multiple teeth in the far back of the mouth, a fixed bridge anchored to dental implants is the only fixed alternative. This will allow strength and stability as well as preserving the jawbone and appearance.
Installing the Fixed Bridge – for multiple teeth replacement Expect 4-5 visits to permanently attach the fixed bridge. Minor bruising and swelling in the gums is common but patients can expect to work the following day. First, the implants are installed. In some cases a temporary bridge may be placed for normal functionality. About 1-2 months later, after implants are integrated with the jawbone, a permanent bridge is attached. This new bridge will allow a stable and secure solution that natural back teeth would be able to handle. There are several options available for treatment. Please consult our dental team to find out the best solution for you.
Alternatives to a Fixed Bridge
Removable partial dentures are an alternative. They can be uncomfortable and complicated to use. The function can be compared to a bridge but is it made of plastic and metal which affects the looks. Installation is simple and it does spare the natural teeth.
Single Tooth Replacement
All-Ceramic Crown on Implant
A ceramic crown along with a dental implant is the best permanent replacement when the tooth and root are damaged. This will allow the normal look and function of a natural tooth. Replacing a single tooth, a single unit or one-piece implant is installed. This is a lifelong, stable solution that is a functioning esthetic result.
Installing the New Tooth
During the first examination, the dentist takes x-rays to prepare. The implant is installed and a temporary tooth is put in place to allow normal functionality. After a few months, the implant is integrated with the jawbone and the permanent ceramic tooth is installed. The new tooth will have the fit and function of a natural tooth. Keep the tooth and gums healthy with routine dental hygiene. There are several options available for treatment. Please consult our dental team to find out the best solution for you.
Alternatives to an All-Ceramic Crown on Implant
With a tooth-supported fixed bridge, adjacent teeth are grinded down to support the bridge. It is a stable, functional solution however it can cause bone resorption and sacrifices healthy teeth. With a removable partial denture, it is not a permanent solution for a lost tooth. It can be unstable, loose function, and be uncomfortable. The benefits are that the adjacent teeth are not affected and it is quicker and cheaper. With a resin-bonded bridge, it is not permanent. The resin-bond could come off. However, it does not affect healthy teeth.