Full Arch Replacement
ALL MY TEETH ARE MISSING
Benefits of a fixed bridge on dental implants:
A fixed bridge anchored to full dental implants is the best permanent solution when all teeth are missing or in such condition that they need to be replaced.
Before dental implants, there were no fixed solutions available for people who lost all their teeth. Many settled for dentures that stayed on the gums with adhesive. But denture patients found that dentures caused almost as many problems as they solved. With the advances in implant dentistry, it is now possible to replace a full set of teeth with dental implants and a fixed bridge that results in a permanent, stable, beautiful, natural looking solution.
Unlike dentures, a fixed bridge secured on dental implants:
- Lets you eat and function like having natural teeth
- Provides a solid, stable solution that will serve you for life
- Preserves your facial appearance
- Prevents bone loss
The treatment procedure and number of visits required for placing dental implants and installing a fixed bridge on them is largely dependent on the specific conditions. But in general, it may require about 8-10 visits to have a fixed bridge installed. Most patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated.
COURSE OF TREATMENT
The Steps For Installing a Fixed Bridge on Dental Implants
As with any dental procedure we perform at New Image Dental Implant Center in Cherry Creek, the course of treatment will be specific to the patient’s needs. What is described here is the general steps involved in receiving a fixed bridge to replace a full set of teeth. Through an initial complimentary consultation in our Denver office, we can better determine and explain the treatment plan and procedures involved that are specific to your situation.
The first step to replacing a full arch of teeth is a consultation with a dental implants dentist at New Image Dental Implant Center in Denver. Through the consultation, he can determine what needs to be done and prepare both himself and you as the patient for the coming treatment procedure.
The first step to replacing a full arch with a fixed bridge is installing dental implants to replace the lost tooth roots. In this case, five dental implants are used. Temporary teeth are attached that enable you to eat and function like normal while waiting for the permanent fixed bridge to be installed.
3: Attaching the fixed bridge
Once the dental implants have completely healed and fused with the jaw bone, the permanent fixed bridge is securely installed on top of the dental implants. With a full jaw replacement like this, it normally takes 2-3 visits to have the fixed bridge completely attached.
With your fixed bridge installed and secured by dental implants, your new teeth should be hard to tell from natural teeth – 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.
DENTURES AS ALTERNATIVES TO A FIXED BRIDGE
Removable overdenture anchored on dental implants
An alternative to a fixed bridge is a removable overdenture, which is anchored on dental implants. The old fashioned denture has many disadvantages, including interfering with eating and talking, and should be avoided if possible.
Removable full denture secured to ball or bar attachment
Another alternative to a fixed bridge on dental implants is a removable full denture that is connected to either a ball or bar attachment, which in turn is anchored on two or more dental implants in the front part of the jaw.
The dental implants help keep the dentures in place and provide better function and comfort. Receiving dentures in this way is usually less expensive than the fixed bridge alternative – although the end result can’t be compared.
Removable full denture
Full dentures that are loosely placed on top of the gum to cover the lost teeth are commonly chosen as a method to replace a full jaw of missing teeth. Full dentures have no real advantages – except for the low price and easy installation.
The disadvantages to these types of dentures are are many. Dentures that are not secured by dental implants cause discomfort in eating, don’t look natural, affect speech, and cause sore gums from denture movement. Moreover, a full denture placed in the upper jaw severely reduces the sense of taste.
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