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Dental Implants Procedures
Implants to Replace Several Missing Teeth
When replacing three teeth in the back of the mouth, a fixed bridge anchored to dental implants is the best alternative. Traditional dentures can not offer the same stability or function.Having dental implants replacing your lost back teeth will give you unparalleled strength and stability that allows you to eat anything you want. They will also preserve your jawbone and facial appearance.
After an initial examination, you can expect four or five additional visits until the final fixed bridge is permanently attached. It is normal to experience some minor bruising and swelling in the gum and soft tissue after surgery. Discomfort can be managed with analgesics.
1: Before the procedure
Patient is missing the back molars.
2: Installing the implant
The implants are installed. This is normally done in a single session.
3: Attaching the new crown
After installation, the implants need 3-6 months to integrate with the jawbone. Once integration is confirmed, Your dentist will create and attach the bridge to the implants.
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 a very positive experience.
Alternatives to Fixed Bridge
Below are the alternatives to the method described above. Please contact the office if you have any questions.
Removable, implant-anchored overdenture
A removable full denture connected to either a ball or bar attachment, which is anchored to two or more implants in the jaw.
Cost-effective dental implant
The implants help keep the denture in place and provide better function and comfort. The main reason this solution is chosen over a fixed implant restoration is usually cost.
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 aesthetics, affected speech, and sore gums due to denture movement. In addition, a full denture placed in the upper jaw severely reduces the sense of taste.