Appleton Prosthodontics
Richard Appleton, DDS, MS
Specialist in Solving Advanced Dental Problems

Replacing multiple teeth

Restore Full Arches with Dental Implant Bridges

Replacing multiple teeth at once can be a daunting process. While traditional restorations like bridges and partials can offer a temporary solution, the long-term impact on the smile can require frequent replacement in the future. In Baton Rouge, Appleton Prosthodontics is proud to offer implant bridges and All-on-4 dental implants for patients missing multiple teeth in their smile. 

Fixed Bridges Vs. Dental Implant Bridges

The greatest difference between fixed bridges and dental implant bridges is how are secured to the smile. Traditional bridges are held in place using crowns attached to neighboring healthy teeth. Over time, this can cause to these once healthy teeth and often requires full bridge replacement.

In contrast, implant-supported bridges use dental implants to secure a bridge to the smile. In addition to protecting the health of neighboring teeth, the placement of dental implants helps preserve and encourage improved jaw bone density. This preserves the shape of the jaw and face as a whole, preventing facial sagging and the appearance of premature aging.

Replacing Teeth with Dental Implant Bridges 

Having dental implants replacing your lost back teeth will give you new, unparalleled strength and stability that allows you to eat what you want. It will also preserve your jawbone and facial appearance. Other benefits of dental implant bridges include:

  • The only fixed alternative in this situation.
  • A stable, secure solution that lets you eat what you want
  • Preserves your facial appearance and prevents bone loss

Similar to implant-secured bridges, All-on-4 dental implants offer patients lasting security and stability. Under this treatment, our Baton Rouge prosthodontist strategically places four dental implants to supprt a full arch prosthetic. 

What is the Implant Bridge Treatment Process?

After the initial examination, you can expect 4-5 additional visits until the final fixed bridge is permanently attached. It is normal to experience some minor bruising and swelling in the gum and soft tissue afterwards. Any discomfort is usually treated with an ordinary painkiller. You should expect to be able to work the next day.

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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
Three teeth at back end of the mouth are missing. The only real replacement alternative is installing a fixed bridge. The bridge contains all teeth in one piece and is anchored on dental implants.
  2: Installing the implant
First, the implants are installed. This is normally done in a single session. A temporary bridge may be placed at the same time, making it possible for you to function like normal almost immediately after leaving the dentist.

 

3: Attaching the bridge
The implants need to integrate with the jawbone before the permanent bridge is attached. This is normally done 1-2 months after the implant installation. The time will vary, depending on the teeth affected and the esthetical demands.
  4: End result
The new bridge will handle all the pressure that your strong, natural back teeth did. You will have a stable and secure solution that allows you to eat what you want.

ALTERNATIVES TO FIXED BRIDGE

While dental implants are the most effective long-term solution for replacing missing teeth, not all patients may be candidates for this treatment. For patients in poor health or those with insufficient bone structure to support multiple dental implants, our Baton Rouge prosthodontist also offers the following alternative:

Removable partial denture
This alternative is often perceived as uncomfortable and a bit complicated to use. Function can’t be compared to that of a bridge. This denture is made of plastic and metal, which affects its look. It is quite expensive to fabricate due to its many parts. However, the installation process is simple, and natural teeth are spared.

Considering dental implants? Schedule your visit to Appleton Prosthodontics and learn if a dental implant solution is right for your smile.