When all teeth are missing or in such condition that they need to be replaced, a fixed bridge anchored to dental implants is the best permanent solution.
Before dental implants, there were no fixed solution available for people who lost all their teeth. They were only able to obtain traditional removable dentures. Today, it is possible to replace a full jaw with dental implants and a fixed bridge that results in a permanent, stable and highly esthetic solution. Full arch replacement with dental implants provide a solid and stable solution that serves for life; and preserve facial appearance and prevent bone loss. Many patients have described the experience of living with a implant supported fixed bridge compared to a traditional denture as an overwhelming and very positive experience.
An alternative to a fixed bridge is a removable overdenture, which is anchored on implants. The old fashioned denture has many disadvantages and should be avoided if possible.
Removable, implant anchored overdenture
A removable full denture that is connected to either a ball or bar attachment, which in turn is anchored on two or more implants in the front part of the jaw.
The implants help keep the denture in place and provide better function and comfort. Cost is usually the reason why this solution is chosen over a fixed bridge – although the end result can’t be compared.
Removable full denture
A denture that is loosely placed on top of the gum to cover the lost teeth. This alternative has no real advantages – except for its low price and easy installation.
The disadvantages are many: discomfort in eating, poor esthetics, affected speech, and sore gums from denture movement. Moreover, a full denture placed in the upper jaw severely reduces the sense of taste.
Dear Dr. Basta,
Just wanted to thank you once again for doing such a great job on my implant which was way overdue anyway. I wished I did it sooner, but then again, I'm glad I was referred to you.
Rancho Cucamonga, CA