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Full Arch Replacement

ALL TEETH MISSING

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

Before dental implants, there was no fixed solution available to edentulous patients. Today, it is possible to replace a full jaw with dental implants and a fixed bridge that results in a permanent, stable and highly esthetic solution.

  • Lets you eat and function like having natural teeth
  • A solid, stable solution
  • Preserves your facial appearance and prevents bone loss 

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


COURSE OF TREATMENT

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
A comprehensive dental examination to include diagnostic impressions of the mouth and remaining dentition and a complete series of Xrays are performed.
2: Placing the implants
The first step is placing the dental  implants. 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 fabricated.

   
3: Attaching the bridge
The final bridge is securely placed on top of the implants. With a full jaw replacement like this, it normally takes 2-3 visits to have the bridge completely attached.
4: End result
Your new teeth will have a natural look. People who have had traditional dentures before getting a fixed bridge often describe this as a very positive experience.

 


 
ALTERNATIVES TO A FIXED BRIDGE

  An alternative to a fixed bridge is a removable overdenture, which is anchored on the implants. A traditional denture is not as secure. 
  Removable, implant anchored 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.
  Removable full denture
A denture that is placed on top of the gums and remaining ridges. This is the least expensive alternative. 

The disadvantages with limited alveolar ridge structure are discomfort in eating and sore gums from denture movement.