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Benefits of a Fixed Bridge on Implants

When all teeth are missing or in such conditions 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.

  • Let's 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. 


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.

all teeth missing before fixed dental bridge installed

1. Before the Procedure

The dentist determines what needs to be done and prepares both himself and the patient for the coming treatment procedure. 

installing the fixed bridge inside mouth

2. Installing the Implants

The first step is installing dental implants to replace the lost tooth roots. In this case, five implants are used. Temporary teeth are attached that enable you to eat and function like normal while waiting for the permanent bridge to be installed. 

attaching the dental bridge inside mouth

3. Attaching the Bridge

The final bridge is securely installed on top of the implants. With a full jaw replacement like this, it normally takes 2-3 visits to have the bridge completely attached.

final result of fixed bridge inside mouth

4. End Result

Your new teeth should be hard to tell from natural - both for you and others. People who have had traditional dentures before getting a fixed bridge often describes this as an overwhelming and very positive experience. 

Alternatives to a Fixed Bridge

removable overdenture inside mouthAn 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

removalbe implant anchored overdenture inside mouthA 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

removable full denture inside mouthA 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. 

Lake Bluff Dental Care - Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or tooth decay may be a candidate for dental implants.  The dental implant is stable and comfortable. No adjustment is needed after placement. Normally, it will serve its owner for life.

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