Long Island Cosmetic Dentists
Gary L. Sandler, DDS & Bonnie E. Lipow, DDS
Call 631-499-1800 for a Complimentary Dental Implant Consultation
201 Moreland Road, Suite #8
Hauppauge, NY 11788
WHAT ARE YOUR OPTIONS FOR REPLACING
ALL YOUR MISSING TEETH ?
When all teeth are missing or in such condition that they need to be replaced, a fixed bridge anchored to dental implants is the best permanent solution
Before dental implants, there were no fixed solution 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.
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 esthetics, affected speech, and sore gums from denture movement. Moreover, a full denture placed in the upper jaw severely reduces the sense of taste.
FULL REMOVABLE DENTURE
An alternative to a fixed bridge is a removable overdenture, which is anchored on implants. The old fashioned denture has many disadvantages and should be avoided if possible.
IMPLANT SUPPORTED REMOVABLE DENTURE ANCHORED WITH FIXED ATTACHMENTS
A removable full denture that is connected to either a ball or bar attachment, which in turn is anchored on two or more implants in the front part of the jaw. The implants help keep the denture in place and provide better function and comfort. Cost is usually the reason why this solution is chosen over a fixed bridge – although the end result can’t be compared.
REMOVABLE, IMPLANT ANCHORED OVERDENTURE
Installing the implants
The first step is installing dental implants to replace the lost tooth roots. In this case, five implants are used. Temporary teeth are attached that enable you to eat and function like normal while waiting for the permanent bridge to be installed.
Attaching the bridge
The final bridge is securely installed on top of the implants. With a full jaw replacement like this, it normally takes 2-3 visits to have the bridge completely attached.
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 an overwhelming and very positive experience.
COMPLETE FIXED BRIDGE ON IMPLANTS
What treatment is right for you?
Restoring teeth with dental implants is a team effort between you, we as restorative dentists, and the finest Periodontist we have worked with in over 30 years of practice. We will determine where and how your implants should be placed and fully discuss all treatment options with you. Depending on your specific conditions, we will create a treatment plan tailored to meet your needs. Whether it's replacing a single tooth, several teeth, or a full mouth reconstruction, we can help restore optimum function and esthetics to your smile.