For those patients who lost there all teeth/need extraction of your remaining damage or lose teeth and their roots or who don’t want removable complete set of teeth (dentures) that need to be removed daily at night and after every meal & that usually come out frequently - Fixed Implant-Supported Bridge option is ideal. In this approach dental implant will acts as a tooth root on top of that artificial teeth made up of metal ceramic or zirconium are fixed. This design is the closest to the appearance and feel of natural teeth provides optimal comfort, aesthetics, and function and they are designed to allow easy cleaning and maintenance. The teeth are fixed and only removable by your dentist if necessary. This design by far as the most natural appearance and feel when compared to a fixed hybrid or an overdenture. The major disadvantage is its higher restorative cost because it require - 6 to 8 implants per jaw.
The implants provide complete support for the teeth and require no support from the gum tissue as in the case for removable complete set of teeth. Therefore, the prosthesis design has no flanges extending into the cheeks or palate, making it most comfortable and natural to the patient. The implants support a framework, either made of Titanium or Zirconia, which in-turn supports the teeth made of either of acrylic, porcelain, or zirconia. The teeth are held to the implants with retaining screws and hence it is fixed and not removable by the patient. Depending on the patient’s bite requirements four to eight dental implants may be recommended best judged by the condition of your oral cavity.
The treatment is highly specialized therefore strongly recommended to visit an experienced Prosthodontist and Implantologist. The treatment sequence is: