Peachtree Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates 
Dr. Gregory P. Marks DDS
Dr. Michael M. Demo DDS
550 Pharr Road, N.E. Suite 325
Atlanta, GA 30305-2319
 
 
404-233-8221
info@peachtreeoms.com
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Full Arch Replacement

ALL TEETH MISSING

Benefits of a fixed bridge on 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 esthetic solution.

  • Lets you eat and function like having natural teeth

  • A solid, stable solution that will serve you for life

  • Preserves your facial appearance and prevents bone loss 
     

Treatment:

The treatment procedure and number of visits is largely dependent on the specific conditions. But all in all, 8-10 visits should be enough to have a fixed bridge installed. 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. Consult your dentist to find out what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition.

1: Before the procedure: The dentist makes a first examination and takes one or more x-rays of the area to prepare for the procedure.

3: Attaching the new crown: The final step is the placement of the permanent ceramic tooth. The new tooth is installed for life. No additional treatment is needed.  

2: Installing the implant: The implant is installed. At this time, a temporary tooth is provided that allows you eat and function like normal almost immediately.  The implant will need a few months to integrate with the jawbone before the next step is taken.

4: End result: You should expect the new tooth to fit and function just like a natural tooth. Do your usual dental hygiene to keep the tooth and gum around it clean and  healthy.

ALTERNATIVES TO A FIXED BRIDGE

 

Removable Overdenture

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.

 

 

Removable, implant anchored 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 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.