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Bridge Teeth | Full Arch Replacement - Sparkle Dental
Full Arch Replacement Are you missing all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw? If so you may be able to have a fixed bridge supported on implants.

Full Arch Replacement

Replacing a Full Arch with an Implant Supported Bridge

arch1-(1).jpgAre you are missing all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw? If so you may be able to have a fixed bridge supported on implants. This would replace the full arch of teeth and is permanently fixed into position. It is an excellent permanent solution and advantages of a full arch implant supported bridge include:

  • Having replacement teeth that function in much the same way as natural teeth, allowing you to eat a wide choice of foods
  • Facial appearance is preserved as all the muscles and tissues in your face are properly supported
  • Dental implants help prevent bone loss
  • With proper care, dental implants can provide a stable, long-lasting solution to missing teeth

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 what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition.

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1. Before the procedure

The dentist determines what needs to be done and prepares both himself and the patient for the coming treatment procedure.

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2. Installing the implants

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.

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3. Attaching the bridge

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.

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4. End result

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.


Alternatives to a fixed bridge

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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.

 

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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 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 – although the end result can’t be compared.

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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. Moreover, a full denture placed in the upper jaw severely reduces the sense of taste.

Warning:
"Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks.  Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner."