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Full Arch Dental Implants

#1 AND #2 IDEAL SOLUTIONS WHEN ALL TEETH ARE MISSING

 

#1: Fixed (implant anchored, screw retained) Bridge 
When all teeth are missing or in such condition that they need to be removed and replaced, a fixed bridge anchored to dental implants is the BEST permanent solution!

  

#2: Fixed (implant anchored, screw retained) Hybid Denture
When all teeth are missing or all teeth need to be removed or if there is excessive bone loss in the jaws, a fixed hybrid denture 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 or hybrid denture, that results in a permanent, stable and high aesthetic solution.

 

Benefits of a Fixed (implant anchored) Bridge or a Fixed (implant anchored) Hybrid Denture

  • Lets you eat and function like having natural teeth
  • No need for you to remove from your mouth
  • A solid, stable solution that will serve you for life
  • Preserves your facial appearance
  • Upper does NOT cover the roof of your mouth and alter taste and speech
  • Prevents permanent bone loss of your jaws

Treatment:
The treatment procedure and number of visits is largely dependent on the specific conditions in your mouth. If you choose a fixed bridge or hybrid denture anchored by implants, be assured that most patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated.

 

COURSE OF TREATMENT

INSTALLING THE FIXED BRIDGE– STEP-BY-STEP

The course of treatment described here is one of several options available. Please consult with Dr. Schuck or Dr. Flack to find out what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition.

   
1: Before the procedure
The doctors and assistants will collect the necessary 3D jaw scan, digital impressions and records need to devise a treatment plan. The doctor will provide a consultation discussing the recommended treatment options, procedures, cost and treatment sequence.
2: 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 healing and the implants to osseo-integrate with your jaw.
   
3: Attaching the bridge
Once the implants have become part of your jaw, the final fixed bridge is securely installed on top of the implants which fully anchor the prosthesis. This full jaw replacement is considered a permanent solution and home care instructions will be thoroughly explained to you.
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 an overwhelming and very positive experience. Life changing!

 

 
LESS IDEAL ALTERNATIVES TO A FIXED BRIDGE OR FIXED HYBRID DENTURE

 

Removable (implant retained and tissue supported) Overdenture

A removable overdenture, which is stabilized on two to four implants but is also tissue supported. As time passes, tissue and bone support can change which may indicate the need for future overdenture relining and changing implant parts.

 

Removable (implant retained, tissue and bar supported) Overdenture


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 Complete (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 esthetics, affected speech, and sore gums from denture movement. Moreover, a full denture placed in the upper jaw severely reduces the sense of taste.

 

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