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 alternative. Traditional dentures can’t offer the same stability or function.
Having dental implants replacing your lost back teeth will give you new, unparalleled strength and stability that allows you to eat almost everything you want. It will also preserve your jawbone and facial appearance.
- The only fixed alternative in this situation.
- A stable, secure solution that lets you eat most of you want
- Preserves your facial appearance and helps reduce or prevent further 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 gum and soft tissue afterwards. Any discomfort is usually treated with an ordinary painkiller. Typically, you should expect to be able 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 out what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition. (Example shown below)
1: Before the procedure
Three teeth at back end of the mouth are missing. The only real replacement alternative is installing a fixed bridge. The bridge contains all 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, making it possible for you to have some normal function almost immediately after leaving the dentist.
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 time will vary, depending on the teeth affected and the esthetical demands. Once this step is complete, you should have regained close to your normal function.
4: End result
The new bridge will handle practically all the pressure that your strong, natural back teeth did. You will have a stable and secure solution that allows you to eat what you want.
Removable partial denture
This alternative is often perceived as uncomfortable and a bit complicated to use. Function can’t be compared to that of a fixed bridge. This denture is made of plastic and metal, which affects its look. It is quite expensive to fabricate due to its many parts, and ongoing maintenance and modification or replacement may be required over time. However, the installation process is simple, and natural teeth are spared.
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