SEVERAL TEETH MISSING
Benefits with fixed bridge on implants:
In this example, when replacing three teeth in the far back of the mouth, a fixed bridge (three crowns that are linked together) 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 what 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 what you want
- Preserves your facial appearance and prevents bone loss
After the initial examination, you can expect 4-5 additional visits until the final fixed bridge is permanently attached. You will first have the implant placed, and after some healing occurs Dr. Rheuben will start the process of preparing the area for a bridge. That will include taking several impressions that are then sent to a dental lab, and ultimately the permanent bridge will be cemented.
COURSE OF TREATMENT
INSTALLING THE FIXED BRIDGE– STEP-BY-STEP
The course of treatment described here is one of several options available. Consult with Dr. Rheuben to find out what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition.
|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 function like normal 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 3-4 months after the implant installation. The time will vary, depending on the patients healing abilities, teeth affected and the esthetical demands.
|4: End result
The new bridge will handle 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.
ALTERNATIVES TO A FIXED BRIDGE
||Removable partial denture
This alternative is often perceived as uncomfortable and unstable. Function can’t be compared to that of a bridge. Patients most common complaint with a removable denture seems to be food collection under it. This denture is made of plastic and/or metal, which affects its appearance. However, the installation process is simple, and natural teeth are spared.