The most natural way to replace a missing tooth.
When all teeth are missing or in such condition that they need to be removed, a fixed bridge anchored to dental implants is the best 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 high esthetic solution.
The treatment procedure and number of visits is largely dependent on your specific conditions but you can expect 8-10 visits to have a full arch bridge installed. Most patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated. The course of treatment described here is one of several options available.
1. Before the procedure – We will thoroughly exam the site to determine what needs to be done and take one or more x-rays of the area to prepare for the procedure.
2. Installing the dental implants – Installation of the implants is normally done in a single session. Usually 5-6 implants will be used to replace the missing roots. Temporary teeth may be attached at the same time, making it possible for you to function like normal while waiting for the permanent full arch bridge to be installed. The implants will need a few months to integrate with the jawbone before the next step is taken. This time will vary depending on the implant location and esthetic demands.
3. Taking the implant impression – After the implant has integrated, an impression will be taken so the laboratory can make your final full arch bridge.
4. Attaching the bridge – The final step is the placement of the permanent full arch bridge. With a full arch replacement like this, it normally takes 2-3 visits to have the bridge completely attached. Patients who have had traditional dentures before getting a fixed bridge often describe this as an overwhelmingly positive experience. The new full arch bridge will handle all the pressure that your natural teeth did. You should brush and floss your new bridge and the gums around it as you would a natural tooth.
I had a long overdue deep cleaning, root canal/crown, AND fillings within a month. Dr. Thurman, Morgan, Kathy and staff were very attentive and kind with not ONLY the procedures and explanations but with checking up on me after the root canal. Also great at helping me figure out my insurance coverage and payments. Dental Elements is GREAT.- Steve
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