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 rigidly attached "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 chew normally as you once did with natural teeth
- Preserves your facial structures and appearance and prevents bone loss
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After the initial examination, you can expect 4-5 additional visits until the final fixed bridge is permanently attached.
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
Three teeth at back end of the mouth are missing. The only real best replacement alternative is "fixed bridge." The bridge contains all teeth in one piece and is anchored on dental implants.
|2: Inserting the implants
First, the implants are inserted. This is normally done in a single, separate session. A temporary bridge might be placed at the same time.
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|3: Attaching the bridge
The implants need to integrate with the jawbone before the permanent bridge is attached. This is normally done 1-4 months after the implant insertion. The time will vary, depending on the teeth affected and other matters.
|4: End result
The new bridge will function normally like your natural back teeth did. You will have a stable and secure solution that allows you to chew normally.
ALTERNATIVES TO FIXED BRIDGE
||Removable partial denture
This alternative 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 resin and metal, which affects its look and comfort. A high quality partial denture is reasonably priced but compared to fixed bridges gives marginal service. The installation process is simple, natural teeth are often times cut to accommodate clasps and the biggest complaint is food accumulation. Many times poorly designed cheap partial dentures damage supporting teeth. Design is very important and is often times compromised because of patients' cosmetic demands.