Options for replacing all your missing teeth using Dental Implants
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 aesthetic solution.
FULL REMOVABLE 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 from denture movement. Moreover, a full denture placed in the upper jaw severely reduces the sense of taste.
IMPLANT SUPPORTED REMOVABLE DENTURE ANCHORED WITH FIXED ATTACHMENTS
An alternative to a fixed bridge is a removable over-denture, which is anchored on implants. The old fashioned denture has many disadvantages and should be avoided if possible.
REMOVABLE, IMPLANT ANCHORED OVER-DENTURE
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 be compared.
COMPLETE FIXED BRIDGE ON IMPLANTS
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.