Full Jaw Fixed Bridge
For almost half a century dental implants have provided a long-term solution to the problem of missing teeth. Scientifically tested and researched, dental implants have been a real success story in dentistry. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
A full jaw fixed bridge replaces all the teeth in the upper or lower jaw. The number of implants will vary. This may require four to six implants. This fixed bridge is permanent and only removable by the dentist.
This technique is designed for patients who have lost all their teeth. Several benefits of this bridge solution is that you can eat and talk with confidence and the new teeth are not removed for cleaning.
Full jaw fixed bridge solution
- The sockets are prepared and the titanium implant screws placed into the jawbone. One of the aims during the placement of the implant is to achieve immediate close contact with the surrounding bone to allow the bone to grow onto the implant and later provide a strong anchor for the new bridge of teeth. Geistlich Bio-Oss® will be used (when required) to aid bone regeneration. This first surgical procedure is done under intravenous sedation. Once the gum has healed over, the top of the implant will sit just below the gum surface. During the following three to six months the bone in the jaw will bond with the implant.
- The second procedure is to uncover the top of the implants and attach small connecting components (the abutment posts). These posts will eventually be covered by the new artificial teeth and will hold them in place. Mouldings will be made so that the bridge fits your mouth perfectly and the artificial teeth look natural.
- The new bridge will be fitted and cemented into place.
- The artificial teeth will feel and look very natural.