Multiple Tooth Replacement
Missing several teeth? Read about our Multiple Tooth Replacement Treatment
Fixed Bridge on Implant Advantages
A fixed bridge on the dental implant may be necessary for patients needing to replace a series of three or more teeth located in the back of the mouth. The bridge is firmly attached resulting instability and restoring functionality.
The performance of a fixed-bridge on implant procedures will provide patients with a natural-function smile and freedom to eat whatever is desired. Another pro is the preservation of the jawbone and overall outward appearance.
Patients should know that a fixed-bridge implant is the only treatment option in this situation. However, the results are often satisfactory:
· A normal functioning smile
· No dietary restrictions
· No changes to facial appearance or bone
Following a dental exam, patients should have a full functioning fixed-bridge after four or five dental visits. Some patients may experience bruising and swelling shortly after the procedure. Any over-the-counter pain reliever can be used for relief. Patients can return to work as soon as the next day.
The Fixed Bridge Installation Process
1. Before treatment, the dentist will exam the area.
Additional x-rays may be taken if necessary.
2. The implant is placed. A nonpermanent bridge may be inserted to function as normal teeth while the implant connects to the jaw bone. Within a few months, the following steps are taken.
3. Lastly, the temporary bridge will be replaced with a lifelong lasting permanent bridge. The newly installed bridge will feel, look, and operate like natural teeth. This allows patients to eat whatever they please.
Additional Options to a Fixed Bridge
Extractable Dental Partial The cons to this option are due to the great amount of discomfort and impracticality. The denture consists of plastic and metal material resulting in a less natural appearance. The dental treatment is also rather expensive. The pros are simple installation and natural teeth remain in place.