Partial 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 partial jaw fixed bridge can replace two or more teeth. This may require two or three implants and a dental bridge across them.
How we replace several teeth with a fixed bridge
- 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. Impression mouldings will be made so that crowns can be made that fit the bridge space perfectly and look like normal teeth.
- The new bridge will be fitted and cemented into place.
- The artificial teeth will feel and look very natural.