Multiple Tooth Replacement
SEVERAL TEETH MISSING
Benefits with a fixed bridge on two or more implants:
In this case in the picture to the right, when replacing three teeth in the far back of the mouth, a fixed bridge anchored to two dental implants or three individual implants are the only fixed alternatives. Traditional dentures can't offer the same stability or function.
Having dental implants replacing your missing back teeth will give you new, unparalleled strength and stability that allows you to eat what you want. It will also preserve your jawbone and facial appearance.
- The only fixed alternative in this situation
- A stable, secure solution that lets you eat what you want
- Preserves your facial appearance and prevents bone loss
After the initial examination, you can expect 4-5 additional visits until the final fixed bridge is permanently attached. Any discomfort is usually treated with an ordinary antiinflammatory agent, such as Motrin. You should expect to be able to work the next day.
COURSE OF TREATMENT
INSTALLING THE FIXED BRIDGE– STEP-BY-STEP
The course of treatment described here is one of several options available. Consult your Periodontist to find out what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition.
|1: Before the procedure
Three teeth at back end of the mouth are missing. The only real replacement alternative is installing a fixed bridge. The bridge contains all teeth in one piece and is anchored on dental implants.
|2: Installing the implant
First, the implants are installed. This is normally done in a single session. A temporary bridge may be placed at the same time, making it possible for you to function like normal almost immediately after leaving the office.
|3: Attaching the bridge
The implants need to integrate with the jawbone before the permanent bridge is attached. This is normally done 1-2 months after the implant installation. The time will vary, depending on the teeth affected and the esthetic demands.
|4: End result
The new bridge will handle all the pressure that your strong, natural back teeth did. You will have a stable and secure solution that allows you to eat what you want. You may also wish to have three implants placed to replace the three lost teeth. The implants are then restored as individual teeth.
ALTERNATIVES TO FIXED BRIDGE
||Removable partial denture
This alternative is often perceived as uncomfortable and a bit complicated to use. Function can’t be compared to that of a bridge. This denture is made of plastic and metal, which affects its look. It is quite expensive to fabricate due to its many parts. However, the installation process is simple, and natural teeth are spared. Unfortunately, many partial dentures are never worn after being made as there is an adjustment phase that some patients cannot tolerate.
Caden Lim, DMD, MPH
Periodontics & Oral Surgery of Manhattan Beach
500 South Sepulveda Boulevard
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266