Replace All of Your Teeth for a Natural Looking Smile
When all of your teeth are missing or in such poor condition that they need to be replaced, a fixed bridge anchored to dental implants is the best, permanent solution.
Before dental implants, there were no fixed solutions available for people who had lost all of 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 natural-looking solution.
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 gum and soft tissue afterwards. Any discomfort is usually treated with an ordinary painkiller. You should expect to be able to work the next day.
- The dentist determines what needs to be done and prepares the patient for the coming treatment procedure.
- The first step is installing dental implants to replace the lost tooth roots. In this case, five implants are used. Temporary teeth are attached that enable you to eat and function like normal while waiting for the permanent bridge to be installed.
- The final bridge is securely installed on top of the implants. With a full jaw replacement like this, it normally takes 2-3 visits to have the bridge completely attached.
- 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.
Alternatives to a Fixed Bridge
Removable, implant anchored over dentures
This alternative consists of 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. Though the end result is not as nice, this is sometimes a more affordable option.
Full, removable denture
Another option is a denture that is loosely placed on top of the gum to cover the lost teeth. This alternative has no real advantages except for its low price and easy installation. Many complain about discomfort when eating, the poor aesthetics, affected speech, and sore gums from denture movement.