SEVERAL TEETH MISSING
Benefits of implant supported bridge:
In this case, when replacing teeth in the far back of the mouth where no teeth remain behind the empty space, a fixed bridge anchored to dental implants is the only fixed alternative. Dentures without implants can't offer the same stability or function.
Dental implants to replace 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 and x-rays, 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 over the counter pain medications. You should expect to be able to work the next day.
COURSE OF TREATMENT
COMPLETING THE IMPLANT SUPPORTED 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
Teeth at back end of the mouth are missing and there are no teeth behind to anchor onto. 3-D x-rays are taken to plan the position of implants
|2: Placing the implants|
First, the implants are placed. This is normally done in a single session, but might require some bone grafting and may require more than one visit.
|3: Exposing the implants
After the implants have time to integrate with the jawbone, the gum is moved out of the way and a healing cap is placed. This small metal cylinder will connect the teeth to the implants under the gums. This is normally done 3-4 months after the implants were placed.
|4: Delivering the bridge (teeth)|
The bridge will be screwed into place and will not be removed. This is a fixed (non-removable), strong solution that feels and functions like natural teeth. Regular care and hygiene is needed, both at home and at the dental office to maintain healthy implants.
ALTERNATIVES TO IMPLANT SUPPORTED BRIDGE
Removable partial denture
This removable option is not as strong or stable as an implant supported bridge. There is an option to use implants to connect to the denture, which will give much better stability and support.
The denture is made of metal with an acrylic onlay of teeth and gums. It offers the ability to chew food, but can lift and move around, which some patients find uncomfortable. It does not require much preparation or modificiation of teeth, so it can be a conservative option. It is also less expensive than an implant supported bridge.