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Dental Implants
Multiple Teeth Replacement

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 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 4-5 additional visits with Dr. Fatehi until the final fixed bridge is permanently attached by your general dentist. It is normal to experience some minor bruising and swelling in the gum and soft tissue afterwards. Any discomfort is usually treated with an over the counter painkillers or ones prescribed by Dr. Fatehi. You should expect to be able to return to work the following day.
 

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COURSE OF TREATMENT

INSTALLING THE FIXED BRIDGE– STEP-BY-STEP

The course of treatment described here is one of several options available. Consult with Dr. Fatehi to find out what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition.

     
1: Before the procedure
Three teeth in the posterior of the mouth are missing. The best replacement alternative is placement of 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 surgically placed. This is normally done in a single session, using a surgical template to ensure accuracy of placement.   A temporary (removable) appliance may be placed at the same time, making it possible for you to function like normal after a short healing period.

     
3: Attaching the bridge
The implants need to integrate with the jawbone for approximately 3 months before abutments are placed and the final fixed bridge is placed by your general dentist.
  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 regular food.


 

ALTERNATIVES TO FIXED BRIDGE

  Removable partial denture
This alternative is often perceived as uncomfortable and a bit complicated to use. Function can’t be compared to that of a bridge. This denture is made of plastic and metal, with compromised esthetics. It is relatively inexpensive and quick to fabricate, however patients complain of looseness and difficulty chewing food.



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