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Full Arch Replacement

ALL TEETH MISSING

Benefits of a fixed bridge on implants
When all 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 had 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 esthetic solution.

  • Allows you to eat and function as if your teeth were natural
  • Provides a solid, stable solution that will serve you for life
  • Preserves your facial appearance and prevents bone loss 

Treatment:
The treatment procedure and number of visits is largely dependent on the specific conditions. However, eight to 10 visits should be enough to install a fixed bridge. Most patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated.

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COURSE OF TREATMENT

INSTALLING THE FIXED BRIDGE – STEP-BY-STEP

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

     
1: Before the procedure
Your dentist will determine what needs to be done and prepare both him or herself and you for the coming treatment procedure.
  2: Installing the implants
The first step will be to install dental implants that replace lost tooth roots. In this case, five implants are used. Temporary teeth will be attached that enable you to eat and function as normal while you wait for the permanent bridge to be installed.
     
3: Attaching the bridge
The final bridge will be securely installed on top of the implants. With a full jaw replacement such as this, it will normally take two to three visits to have the bridge completely attached.
  4: End results
Your new teeth should be difficult to distinguish from your natural teethboth 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.

 


 
ALTERNATIVES TO A FIXED BRIDGE

  An alternative to a fixed bridge is a removable overdenture, which is anchored on implants. The old fashioned denture has many disadvantages and should be avoided if possible.
  Removable, implant anchored overdenture
A removable full denture that is connected to either a ball or bar attachment, which in turn is anchored on two or more implants on the front part of the jaw.

These implants help keep the denture in place and provide better function and comfort. Cost is usually the factor that causes this solution to be chosen over a fixed bridge; however, the end result cannot be compared.
  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, however, are many: discomfort in eating, poor esthetics, affected speech, and sore gums from denture movement. In addition, a full denture placed in the upper jaw severely reduces the sense of taste.

 

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(415) 388-6100

10 Willow Street, Suite 6
     Mill Valley, CA 94941

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