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Tampa Bay Periodontics and Implant Dentistry
James G. Wilson, DMD
Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology

Multiple Tooth Replacement

Dental implants are man-made replacements for natural teeth that bring a new way of life to thousands of people who have suffered the indignity, both physical and emotional, caused by missing teeth or poorly fitting full or partial dentures.

Because dental implants restore the look, feel, and function of natural teeth, you look better and feel better about your appearance, and your increased ability to chew, enjoy, and digest your food.  Dental implants restore a lot more than just teeth.  They produce significant psychological and emotional benefits as well, bolstering self-esteem and confidence while promoting a healthier outlook on life.

Speech and chewing abilities can be hampered when several teeth are missing. With implant treatment there are two solutions available for the situation: separate crowns on dental implants or a bridge attached to two or more dental implants. Both options allow for replacing the lost teeth without grinding down healthy adjacent teeth or utilizing clasps to hold a removable partial denture in place.  During your examination visit, Dr. Wilson will discuss your options along with their advantages and disadvantages.

Benefits of implant supported restorations:
In this case, when replacing three teeth in the far back of the mouth utilizing implant supported crowns or a bridge are the only fixed alternatives. Traditional removable partial 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
  • Individual implant crowns allow the replacement teeth to act independently, making home care easier and more effective.

 


 

 

COURSE OF TREATMENT

INSTALLING AN IMPLANT SUPPORTED FIXED BRIDGE– STEP-BY-STEP

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

 

   
1: Before the procedure
Three teeth at back end of the mouth are missing. The only real replacement alternative is installing three individual implants or a fixed bridge supported by two implants. The bridge contains all teeth in one piece and is anchored on dental implants.
2: Installing the implant
First, the implants are installed. This is normally done in a single session.   The implant will need several weeks to integrate with the jawbone before the next step is taken. 

 

 

   
3: Attaching the bridge
Following the integration of the implants, appropriate abutments are selected and a final bridge is fabricated by your dentist and a dental laboratory.  
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 what you want.

 


 

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 implant supported crowns or a bridge. This denture is made of plastic and metal, which affects its look. It can be quite expensive to fabricate due to its many parts. However, the installation process is simple, and natural teeth are spared.

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