The treatment procedure and number of visits required for a full arch replacement is largely dependent on your specific conditions. It typically takes several visits to fully install a fixed bridge. Most of our patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated.
The installation of a full arch replacement begins with the installation of dental implants. These dental implants are placed in the jawbone and replace lost tooth roots. When your dental implants are first installed, we will attach temporary teeth to them so that you can eat and function like normal while you wait for your permanent bridge to be installed.
The implants need to integrate with your jawbone before the permanent bridge can be attached. This usually takes several months.
Once the implants are fully integrated, the permanent bridge can be installed. With a full jaw replacement, it normally takes multiple dental visits to completely attach the bridge.
Once fully installed, your new teeth should be hard to distinguish from natural teeth, 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.
This course of treatment is one of several options available. Contact us to find out what the best solution is for you and your specific condition.
If a fixed bridge is not right for you, you can consider a removable overdenture. This is a removable full denture that is anchored on dental implants. The implants help keep the denture in place and provide better function and comfort.
A removable overdenture is less expensive than a fixed bridge, and cost is usually the reason why this solution is chosen over a fixed bridge.
Your standard removal denture is another alternative to a fixed bridge. These loose dentures are placed on top of the gums to cover lost teeth. They are not fixed with dental implants. The two advantages of this method is the low price and easy installation. The complaints for this method are numerous: discomfort when eating, poor esthetics, affected speech, and sore gums from denture movement. A full denture placed on the upper jaw also severely reduces the sense of taste.
We typically recommend other services over removal dentures.
The process of installing a fixed bridge for multiple missing teeth is similar to the process of installing a full arch replacement.. After the initial examination, you can expect several 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 after installation. Any discomfort can usually be treated with an ordinary painkiller, and you can expect to be able to work the next day.
The procedure for installing a single dental implant normally includes four visits to our office. You should expect to be able to work the day after having the implant installed.
At your first appointment, we will take x-rays of your mouth to examine the affected area and prepare for the procedure.
We can then install the dental implant in your jawbone. We’ll provide you with a temporary tooth that you can use while the implant integrates into your jawbone. This process usually takes 1-2 months.
Once the implant is fully integrated, we will attach your new crown. The new tooth is installed for life, and no additional treatment is needed.
You can expect your new tooth to fit and function just like a natural tooth. Perform your usual dental hygiene routine and keep the tooth and gum around it clean and healthy.
If you decide against a one-piece implant, you can instead consider a tooth-supported fixed bridge. In this treatment, we will prep the teeth adjacent to the area of your missing tooth. Those teeth will be used to support a bridge.
This is a stable solution with good esthetics and function, and it is fairly easy to install. However, this alternative forces us to modify healthy teeth on behalf of the bridge.
You can also try a removable partial denture. This is easily and quickly installed and relatively inexpensive, but it is not a permanent alternative to a lost tooth. It is unstable and loosely attached, which affects both function and comfort. A removable partial denture is made of plastic – a material that can't create the same esthetic result as a ceramic crown.
Finally, you can also consider a resin-bonded bridge. This alternative has some clear advantages: it is quickly installed, functions well and, since it is made of ceramic, it has a natural appearance. Unlike a tooth-supported fixed bridge, a resin-bonded bridge does not affect healthy teeth. However, this solution is not very permanent. The resin-bonded bridge will eventually come off – probably after just a couple of years – and it will have to be reinstalled.