In order to prevent bone loss and further movement of the teeth and jaw, a gap involving several teeth should be closed rapidly, and an implant-borne bridge can be the most aesthetically pleasing and effective solution, especially because healthy neighbouring teeth do not have to be ground. The number of implants required is determined on a case-by-case basis.
Advantages of implant treatment
- Implants can be placed to support a bridge
- Can eliminates partial dentures
- Can be performed as an immediate solution, whereby the teeth are extracted and the implants are placed at the same time
- The implants and temporary teeth can often be placed in one visit
Benefits of implant treatment
- Improved aesthetics
- Natural appearance and feeling
- A permanent solution, restoring strength to the tooth and improving function
Course of treatment
How does the fitting on an implant-borne bridge work? The course of treatment described below is an example of what you might expect, but is only one of several options available. Our lead surgeon, Dr Benge, will advise you on the best solution for you depending on your individual situation.
First appointment: Diagnosis and pre-treatment planning. A thorough medical and dental examination is performed, including diagnostic radiographs, to determine if a dental implant is the best solution for your specific case. A treatment plan is discussed with you, including all your potential options and associated fees.
Second appointment: Placing the implants. With local anaesthetic, the implants are placed with careful preparation and execution. Where required and when possible, some form of temporary restoration is provided.
Third appointment: Once the implants have successfully bonded with the bone, impressions are taken of the implant position to make the final bridge. Our ceramist will also meet with you to discuss your aesthetic needs.
Fourth appointment: The final step is the attachment of the final bridge. The replacement teeth are connected to each other, and the bridge is fitted in one piece over two or more implants. Caring for the implant bridge involves good oral hygiene, including home care and regular dental check-ups.
*Please note: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion.
Several missing teeth can have an impact on the dental health of the patient, since some parts of the jawbone are no longer supported. Because of this missing support, jawbone can start to deteriorate and this can affect your remaining teeth. Therefore, seeking a treatment for several missing teeth can be preventative as well. There are several treatments available for several missing teeth, but the ultimate solution will be subject to the overall dental health of the patient and the available amount of jawbone.
Patients with a limited amount of jawbone may not be eligible for normal dental implants, since dental implant require enough jawbone for fusion. If there is not enough jawbone, these patients often must get bone grafting procedures done. The purpose of these procedures is replacing the missing jawbone of the patient, but unfortunately, these procedures can be lengthy and pricy. However, there are alternative dental implant treatments that can provide patients with dental implants despite a lower jawbone volume. One of these treatments is the All-On-4® dental implant treatment, which puts an entire arch of teeth on four implants. So, if you were ineligible for normal dental implants before, be sure to have a look at All-On-4® dental implants to discover if this treatment is the right option for you.