Multiple Implant Retained Bridge
Dental Implants Petersfield
If you are replacing several teeth there are other common treatments available such as fixed bridges or removable partial dentures. These treatments are however, dependent on support from adjacent teeth, which can eventually become unstable themselves due to the pressure being put upon them.
Dental implants look and function like natural teeth. Implant-supported bridges do not rely on support from adjacent natural teeth. Furthermore, because implant-supported bridges will replace some of your tooth roots, your bone levels are preserved, whereas with fixed bridges or partial dentures the bone previously surrounding your teeth begins to deteriorate.
In the longer term, implants are aesthetic, functional and comfortable. Gums and bone can recede around a fixed bridge or removable partial denture, leaving a visible defect. The cement holding bridges in place can eventually wear away, allowing bacteria to decay the teeth that support the bridge. In addition, removable partial dentures can move around in the mouth, become ill-fitting as the bone in the jaw shrinks further and reduces your ability to eat certain foods.
Firstly, implants, which are titanium screws are placed into the jawbone to act as the ‘roots’. The number of implants required will vary from case to case and this will be discussed during your consultation. These are then left in place to integrate with the bone to form anchors for the artificial teeth. You may be provided with a temporary bridge or the implants will be ‘covered’ over. As the dental implants integrate with your jaw it actually helps to preserve bone levels.
After this healing period, which is usually 4-6 months, the implants are ‘uncovered’ or the temporary bridge is removed. A small extension in the form of a metal post, known as an abutment, is fixed to the implants. The bespoke permanent replacement bridge created for you by our chosen dental laboratory is then attached to the abutments.
The whole process will be complete in around 6-9 months. Dental Implants are so natural looking and feeling, you may forget you ever lost some teeth.