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 solution. Traditional dentures can't offer the same stability or function.
Having dental implants replacing your lost back teeth will give you a new, unparalleled strength and stability that allows you to eat what you want. It will also preserve your jawbone and facial appearance.
Other benefits include that it:
- Is the only fixed alternative in this situation
- Provides a stable, secure solution that lets you eat what you want
- Preserves your facial appearance and prevents bone loss
After the initial examination, you can expect 4-5 additional visits until the final fixed bridge is permanently attached. It is normal to experience some minor bruising and swelling in the gums and soft tissue afterwards. Any discomfort is usually treated with an over-the-counter painkiller. You should expect to be able to work the next day.
COURSE OF TREATMENT
INSTALLING THE FIXED BRIDGE– STEP-BY-STEP
The course of treatment described here is one of several options available. Consult with your dentist to find out what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition.
|1: Before the procedure
Three teeth at the back end of the mouth are missing. The only real replacement alternative is installing a fixed bridge. The bridge contains all three teeth in one piece and is anchored on dental implants.
|2: Installing the implant|
First, the implants are installed. This is normally done in a single session. A temporary bridge may be placed at the same time to make it possible for you to function normally almost immediately after leaving the office.
|3: Attaching the bridge
The implants need to integrate with the jawbone before the permanent bridge is attached. This is normally done 1-2 months after the implant installation. The timing will vary, depending on the teeth affected and the aesthetic demands.
|4: End result|
The new bridge will handle all the pressure that your strong, natural back teeth used to do. 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 is often perceived as uncomfortable and a bit complicated to use. Function cannot be compared to that of a bridge. This denture is made of plastic and metal, which affects it's appearance. It is quite expensive to fabricate due to its many parts. However, the installation process is simple, and natural teeth are spared.