If you're missing all of your teeth in the upper and/or lower jaw, implant supported bridges or overdentures can offer many benefits over traditional dentures. You have the option of a permanent full bridge or smaller bridges that are attached to several dental implants, or a prosthesis that is securely attached to two or more dental implants but can be removed for easy cleaning and maintenance. Unlike traditional methods, implant supported dentures do not require adhesives.
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 an excellent permanent solution.
Before dental implants, there were no fixed solutions 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 highly esthetic solution.
- Is not taken in and out of your mouth
- Allows you to eat and function like having natural teeth
- A solid, stable solution that can serve you for life
- Preserves your facial appearance and prevents bone loss
- Eliminate the discomfort and insecurity often associated with loose, ill- fitting dentures.
COURSE OF TREATMENT
INSTALLING AN IMPLANT SUPPORTED FIXED BRIDGE– STEP-BY-STEP
The course of treatment described here is one of several options available. Consult Dr. Stanton to find out what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition.
1: Before the procedure
Dr. Stanton and your dentist determine what needs to be done and all parties prepare for the coming treatment procedure. 2: Installing the implants
The first step is installing dental implants to replace the lost tooth roots. In this case, five implants are used. In some cases, temporary teeth can be attached that enable you to eat and function like normal while waiting for the permanent bridge(s) to be installed.
3: Attaching the bridge
A few months later, once the implants have bonded to the bone, your dentist will take impressions of the locations of the implants. He will work with a dental laboratory to fabricate your final bridge(s). The final bridge(s) is/are securely installed on top of the implants. 4: End result
Your new teeth should be comfortable, secure, and with similar chewing capacity to your natural teeth. People who have had traditional dentures before getting a fixed bridge often describe this as life-changing.
ALTERNATIVES TO A FIXED BRIDGE
Implant Retained Overdenture with Attachments
An alternative to a fixed bridge is a removable full denture, which is anchored on implants that have attachments screwed into them. This is an economical method for increasing the stability and retention of a denture. Because the denture still rests on the soft tissues and bone, this option does not prevent bone loss under the denture. Chewing strength is greater than with a full denture without implants but is significantly less than with a fixed bridge or a bar retained overdenture. This option is more predictable in the lower jaw than the upper. Please consult with Dr. Stanton if you are interested in an implant retained overdenture with attachments.
Removable, Implant Bar Retained Overdenture
A removable full denture that is connected to a bar attachment, which in turn is anchored on 2-6 implants. Additional implants allow a larger bar that extends back under the back teeth on the denture. This allows additional support and retention of the denture. Additional support by a larger bar increases the chewing strength and decreases the amount of the denture lying of the gum tissues and bone. The reduced pressure on the gums and bone decreases the bone loss under the denture.
This procedure is common in the upper and lower jaws. Additional implants are needed in the upper jaw due to the poorer quality of jawbone. Please consult with Dr. Stanton if you are interested in an implant bar retained overdenture.
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: decreased chewing ability, 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.