Full Upper or Lower Arch
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 for people who lost all their teeth. Dentures are often unstable and require adhesives, which can be very unpleasant.
Today, it is possible to replace a full arch (upper or lower jaw) with dental implants and a fixed bridge. The results are permanent, stable and aesthetically pleasing.
Benefits of a fixed bridge on implants:
- Lets you eat and function like natural teeth would
- A solid, stable solution that will serve you for life
- Preserves your facial appearance and helps prevent bone loss
The treatment procedure and number of visits is largely dependent on the specifics of your case, Dr. Sirakian will either choose immediate loading or standard or delayed protocol. Most patients report that they are much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated.
Installing The Fixed Bridge – Step-By-Step
The course of treatment described here is one of several options available. Consult Dr. Sirakian to find the best solution for you, given your specific case.
- Before the procedure: Dr. Sirakian will conduct a thorough evaluation and outline a treatment plan to review with you.
- Installing the implants: The first step is installing dental implants to create new tooth roots. In this case, five implants are used. Temporary teeth are attached, enabling you to eat and function like normal while healing takes place and a dental laboratory creates your permanent bridge.
- Attaching the bridge: After three to six months, the jawbone will have bonded to the surface of the implants. Now the abutments can be placed on the implants and the new permanent bridge can be securely attached. This step of treatment is sometimes called “loading the implants.” With a full arch replacement like this, it normally takes 2-3 visits to have the bridge completely attached.
- With a full arch replacement like this, it normally takes 2-3 visits to have the bridge completely attached.
- End result: Your new teeth should be hard to distinguish from natural teeth, both for yourself and for others. People who had traditional dentures before getting a fixed bridge usually experience greatly enhanced functionality and comfort and report being thrilled with the results.
The only alternative to an implant-supported fixed bridge is a removable implant-supported denture.
If you would like a consultation regarding replacing a full arch of teeth, don’t hesitate to contact our Andover Dental office for an appointment.