Before dental implants, there was no fixed solution available for people who lost all their teeth. Removable dentures were the standard option. However, dentures are often unstable and require adhesives, which can be very unpleasant.
Today, it is possible to replace a full arch (upper or lower jaw) with dental implants and a fixed bridge. The results are permanent, stable, and aesthetically pleasing.
Benefits of a fixed bridge on implants:
- Allows you to chew and functions in other ways just like natural teeth would
- A solid, stable solution that will serve you for life
- Preserves your facial appearance and helps prevent bone loss
The treatment procedure and number of visits is largely dependent on the specifics of your case.
- Before the procedure: Our dentists will conduct a thorough evaluation and develop a treatment plan to review with you.
- Installing the implants: The first step is installing dental implants to create new tooth roots. The number of implants used for your full arch implant is variable, but can be as few as four. A temporary bridge is attached to the implants. These teeth function like normal teeth, allowing you to eat, etc., while healing takes place. In the meantime, a dental laboratory creates your permanent bridge.
- Attaching the bridge: After three to six months, the implants will have fully bonded with the jawbone. Now the abutments can be placed on the implants and the new permanent bridge can be securely attached.
- End result: Your stable and secure new teeth will be virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. They will function as natural teeth, and no special care is required for your implant-supported bridge. Standard oral hygiene to keep the teeth and gums around it clean and healthy is all that is needed.
To learn more about transforming your smile with dental implants please contact us at our Washington dental office.