Full Arch Replacement

ALL TEETH MISSING

Benefits of a fixed bridge on implants
In cases where all teeth are missing or in a 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 solution available for people who had lost all their teeth. Today, it is possible to replace a full jaw with dental implants and a fixed bridge resulting in a permanent, stable, and high-aesthetic solution.\

Other benefits include:

  • Ability to eat and function like you have natural teeth
  • A solid, stable solution that will serve you for life
  • Preservation of your facial appearance
  • Prevention of bone loss

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


 

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
The dentist determines what needs to be done and prepares both himself and the patient for the coming treatment procedure.
2: Installing the implants
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 normally while waiting for the permanent bridge to be installed.
   
3: Attaching the bridge
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.
4: End result
Your new teeth should be hard to tell from natural ones – both for you and for others. People who have had traditional dentures before getting a fixed bridge often describe this as an overwhelmingly positive experience.

 


 
ALTERNATIVES TO A FIXED BRIDGE

  An alternative to a fixed bridge is a removable overdenture, which is also anchored on implants. The old fashioned denture has many disadvantages and should be avoided if possible.
  Removable, implant-anchored overdenture
This is 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 – however, the end result cannot be compared.
  Removable full denture
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.
The disadvantages are many: discomfort in eating, poor aesthetics, difficulty speaking, and sore gums from denture movement. Moreover, a full denture placed in the upper jaw severely reduces the sense of taste.

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