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James S. Minutello, DDS &
Regina D. Minutello, DMD, MS, Inc.
Periodontics & Implant Dentistry

Multiple Teeth

SEVERAL TEETH MISSING

Benefits with fixed bridge on implants:
In this case, when replacing three teeth in the far back of the mouth, a fixed bridge anchored to dental implants is the only fixed alternative. Traditional dentures can't offer the same stability or function.
 

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 the integrity of your jawbone and facial appearance.

  • 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

Treatment:
After the initial examination, you can expect  two to three additional visits and we will work very closely with your general dentist (coordinating appointments)  until the final fixed bridge is permanently attached.

 


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
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

  Removable partial denture (RPD)
While the this alternative is simple, it is often perceived as uncomfortable and cumbersome to use.  It seems the only advantage of an RPD is cost, which is outweighed by many more disadvantages.  Function is subordinate and cannot compare  to that of a fixed bridge and it will take time to break into getting used to wearing one. The denture is made of plastic and metal, which affects appearance.  Due to the pressure of the denture on the supporting teeth, it could cause trauma on them.   An RPD may increase plaque accumulation, leading to tooth decay, or periodontal disease and tooth loss which requires the fabrication of another removable denture. 

 

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