Single Tooth Replacement
What is a multiple dental implant?
A multiple dental implant is used when you have lost many teeth. They will replace the teeth that you have lost as well as some of the roots as well. When three teeth at the 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.
What are the pre-treatment tests involved?
Before the fixing the implants, your dentist will perform a thorough examination of teeth to clearly understand your requirement.
How is a fixed bridge on a multiple dental implant fixed?
This procedure normally includes the following stages.
Initial examination and pre-treatment testing
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 normally, almost immediately after leaving the dentist.
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 aesthetical demands.
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.
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.
How many sittings do I have to go for?
After the initial examination, you can expect 4-5 additional visits until the final fixed bridge is permanently attached.
What can I expect after the installation of a fixed bridge on a multiple dental implant?
It is normal to experience some minor bruising and swelling in the gum and soft tissue afterwards. Any discomfort is usually treated with an ordinary painkiller. You should expect to be able to work the next day.
What are the benefits of a fixed bridge on a multiple dental implant?
The benefits of fixed bridge on implants include:
- The only fixed alternative in this situation
- A stable, secure solution that lets you eat what you want. Traditional dentures can’t offer the same stability or function.
- Preserves your facial appearance and prevents bone loss
What are the alternatives to a fixed bridge on a multiple dental implant?
One of the below alternative treatments to a fixed bridge may be suggested by your doctor.
Removable partial denture
This denture is made of plastic and metal, which affects its look. This alternative is often perceived as uncomfortable and a bit complicated to use. The function can’t be compared to that of a bridge. It is quite expensive to fabricate due to its many parts. However, the installation process is simple, and the natural teeth are spared.