When all teeth are missing or in such condition that they need to be replaced, a fixed bridge anchored to dental implants is the ideal permanent solution.
However, there are other alternative options which can be offered to secure a denture. These options will be discussed at consultation.
Before dental implants, there was no fixed solution 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 high aesthetic solution.
The course of treatment described here is one of several options available. Your dentist will advise as to what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition.
Having obtained the necessary information to establish the treatment options available, the dentist can create individual treatment plans.
The patient will then have the opportunity to discuss the treatment options with the Implant Co-Ordinator, to help make an informed decision.
The first step is installing dental implants to replace the lost tooth roots. In this case, 4 / 5 implants are used. Temporary teeth are attached that enable you to eat and function as normal while waiting for the permanent bridge to be installed.
The final bridge is securely installed on top of the implants. With a full jaw replacement like this, it normally takes 2-3 visits to have the bridge completely attached.
Your new teeth should be hard to tell from natural – both for you and others. People who have had traditional dentures before getting a fixed bridge often describe this as an overwhelming and very positive experience.