Full Arch Replacement
At The Dental Group of East Brunswick, our dentist can help you improve your overall oral health and your smile with one of many different kinds of dental implants. If you have lost most of your teeth or many of your teeth need to be removed, a full arch replacement may be the best option.
Benefits of a Fixed Bridge on Implants
When all of your teeth are missing or 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. Today, it is possible for your dentist to replace a full jaw with dental implants and a fixed bridge that results in a permanent, stable, and aesthetically pleasing solution. You will find that eating and speaking are easier than they were with dentures!
A fixed bridge on implants:
- Lets you eat and function like having natural teeth
- A solid, stable solution that will serve you for life
- Preserves the appearance of your face and prevents bone loss
Course of Treatment
The procedure and number of visits is largely dependent on specific conditions. Generally, most treatments can be completed in eight to 10 appointments. Most patients report that they were much more comfortable in between the treatments than they had anticipated.
Installing the Fixed Bridge – Step-by-Step
The course of treatment described here is one of several options available. Talk to our cosmetic dentist to find out what the best solution is for you.
During the initial appointment, the dentist will do everything necessary to determine exactly what needs to be done. If you have questions about the procedure, this is the time to ask them.
The first step is installing dental implants to replace the lost tooth roots. In this case, five implants are used. Temporary teeth are attached that enable you to eat and function like normal while waiting for the permanent bridge to be installed.
The final bridge is securely installed on top of the implants. With a full arch replacement like this, it normally takes two or three visits to have the bridge completely attached.
Your new teeth should be hard to distinguish from natural teeth — both for you and others. People who have had traditional dentures before getting a fixed bridge often describe this as an overwhelmingly very positive experience.
Alternatives to a Fixed Bridge
An alternative to a fixed bridge is a removable overdenture, which is a set of dentures anchored on implants. Old fashioned dentures have many disadvantages and should be avoided if possible.
This option consists of a removable full denture that is connected to either a ball or bar attachment, which is anchored to 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 a fixed bridge, but the results are almost never as comfortable or nice to look at as a fixed bridge.
A removable full denture is a kind of denture that is loosely placed on top of the gum to cover lost teeth. This option has no real advantages, except for its low price and easy installation. The disadvantages are many: discomfort while eating, poor aesthetics, affected speech, and sore gums from denture movement. Moreover, a full denture placed in the upper jaw severely reduces the sense of taste.