Full Arch Replacement

ALL TEETH MISSING

Benefits of a fixed bridge on dental implants
When all the 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 were no fixed solutions available for people who lost all their teeth. Today, it is possible to replace a full jaw with dental implants and a fixed bridge that results in a permanent, stable and highly esthetic solution.  Advantages are:

  • Lets you eat and function like having natural teeth
  • A solid, stable solution
  • Preserves your facial appearance and prevents bone loss 

Treatment:
The treatment procedure and number of visits is largely dependent on the specific conditions. Most patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated.


 

COURSE OF TREATMENT

INSTALLING THE IMPLANT SUPPORTED FIXED BRIDGE– STEP-BY-STEP

The course of treatment described here is one of several options available. Consult your periodontist and dentist to find out what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition.

   
1: Before the procedure
The dentist and periodontist determine what needs to be done and prepares a detailed treatment plan for the procedure.  This plan is then reviewed with the patient prior to the upcoming treatment.  
2: Installing the implants
The first step is installing the dental implants to replace the missing teeth. In this case, five implants are used. Temporary teeth (usually removable) enable you to eat and function while waiting for the dental implants to integrate and the permanent bridge to be installed.
   
3: Attaching the bridge
The final bridge is securely installed on top of the implants.
4: End result
Your new teeth should be hard to tell from natural teeth – both by you and others. People who have had traditional dentures before getting a fixed bridge often describe this as an overwhelming and very positive experience.

 


 
ALTERNATIVES TO AN IMPLANT SUPPORTED FIXED BRIDGE

 

Removable implant supported overdenture

An alternative to an implant supported fixed bridge is a removable overdenture, which is anchored on implants.

  Removable implant anchored overdenture
A removable full denture that is connected to a 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 an implant supported fixed bridge.
  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 esthetics, affected speech, and sore gums from denture movement.