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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 the best permanent solution in almost every single case

Before dental implants, there were no fixated or attached "fixed" solutions available for people who lost all their teeth. Today it is possible to replace a full jaw with dental implants and a fixed bridge that results in a permanent, stable and high esthetic solution.

  • Lets you chew and function like having natural teeth
  • A solid, stable solution that can serve you for life
  • Preserves your facial structures and appearance and prevents bone loss 

Treatment:
The treatment procedures and number of visits is largely dependent on the specific conditions. But all in all, 8-10 visits often are enough to have a fixed bridge inserted. Most patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated.

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COURSE OF TREATMENT

INSERTING THE FIXED BRIDGE– STEP-BY-STEP

The course of treatment described here is one of several available options. Consult with us to determine the best solution for you given your specific condition(s).

   
1: Before the procedure
The dentist determines what needs to be done and in so doing discusses the risks, benefits and options.
2: Inserting the implants
The first step is inserting dental implants to replace the lost tooth roots. In this example, five implants are used. Temporary teeth may be attached depending on many factors.

   
3: Attaching the bridge
The final bridge is securely installed on top of prosthetic heads ("cores") that are inserted into the implants. With a full jaw replacement like this, it normally takes 2-3 visits to have the bridge completely fitted and attached.
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 a fixed bridge often describe this as an overwhelming and very positive experience.

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ALTERNATIVES TO A FIXED BRIDGE

 

Removable, implant and snap attached/supported overdenture
An alternative to a fixed bridge is a removable overdenture, which is supported and retained by two or more implants. This offers several advantages over the old fashioned denture that is supported by your gums and retained by your muscle control.

This solution can be used a long term temporary solution while the patient plans for the fixed bridge shown above.

 

Removable, implant and bar attached/supported 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 provide better function and comfort. Cost is usually the reason why this solution is chosen over a fixed bridge – although the end result can’t be compared.

This solution can be used a long term temporary solution while the patient plans for the fixed bridge shown above.

 

Removable full denture
A denture that is loosely placed on top of the gums to replace the lost teeth. This alternative has no real advantages – except for its lower initial price and easy insertion.

The disadvantages are many: discomfort in eating, poor esthetics, affected speech, and sore gums jawbone resorption from excessive denture pressures from movement during chewing. A a full upper denture severely reduces the sense of taste.

If the denture has been constructed well, it can sometimes be upgraded to one of the overdenture solutions shown above.

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