IMPLANTS REPLACEMENT OF SEVERAL TEETH
In certain cases, such as the example shown here, a bridge suported by dental implants may be the only fixed solution for the replacement of missing teeth. Traditional dentures simply cannot offer the same stability or function, particularly for the teeth in the back of the mouth.
Having dental implants replace your lost back teeth will give your new teeth unparalleled strength and stability, allowing you to eat what you want. It will also help preserve your jawbone and facial appearance.
Benefits of a fixed bridge on implants:
• The only fixed alternative for teeth in the back of the mouth
• A stable, secure solution that lets you eat what you want
• Preserves your facial appearance and helps prevent bone loss
After the initial examination, you can expect 4-5 additional visits until the final fixed bridge is permanently attached. Afterwards, you may experience some minor bruising and swelling of the gums and soft tissues of the mouth. Any discomfort is usually treated with an ordinary pain medication. You should expect to be able to return to work the next day.
Installing The Fixed Bridge – Step-By-Step
The course of treatment described here is one of several options available. Consult your dentist to find the best solution for you, given your specific case.
1: Before the procedure
The doctor conducts a thorough evaluation and outlines a treatment plan to review with you. Here, three teeth at back end of the mouth will be replaced by a fixed bridge anchored firmly in place by dental implants. This restoration contains all teeth in one piece.
2: Installing the implant
First, the implants are installed. This is normally done in a single session, at which time a temporary bridge may be placed, enabling you to eat and function like normal while waiting for the permanent bridge to be installed.
3: Attaching the bridge
The permanent bridge is attached after the implants are given time to integrate with the jawbone. This is normally done 1-2 months after the implants are placed, but this can vary, depending on the teeth affected.
4: End result
The new bridge can withstand as much pressure as your natural back teeth did. Your stable and secure new teeth will be virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth and will allow you to eat what you want.
Removable partial denture
Patients often find removable partial dentures uncomfortable and somewhat complicated to use. Function can’t be compared to that of a bridge. This denture is made of plastic and metal, which affects its appearance. It is quite expensive to fabricate due to its many parts. However, the installation process is simple, and natural teeth are spared.