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Full Arch Replacement

When all teeth are missing in either upper or lower jaw, it is possible to replace these with either a full arch bridge or a denture attached to implants. In this case, the number of implants required is fewer than the number of missing teeth.

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Full Arch Fixed

The first step is the placement of a suitable number of titanium implants to support the new dentition. Typically this may be four to six implants in the lower jaw and six to ten implants in the upper jaw. These implants will remain unloaded at gum level for up 3-4 months. During this time, the bone will effectively form a bond with the surface of the implants.

The final step is the construction and fitting of the new set of teeth, usually referred to as a “bridge”. With techniques that ensure correct size, shape, colour and fit, your replacement teeth will be designed to blend with your facial characteristics while providing lip support needed for a natural appearance.

Fixed appliances (bridges) to replace all teeth on the jaw.

Unlike dentures, full bridges are not removable. To all intents and purposes they are permanently attached to the implants. There are two main types of bridges available today. The difference is in the material that the bridges are made from. Bridges can be made of metal-ceramic or metal-acrylic.

Metal-ceramic bridges, as the name suggests (see picture), are made of a metal substructure that supports porcelain teeth. This is the same material that is used for making conventional crowns. A metal-ceramic implant-supported bridge is the best appliance available today for replacing all teeth in the jaw. Such bridges combine excellent aesthetics with good strength allowing them to provide the patient with years of trouble-free service.

Metal-acrylic bridges also have a metal substructure. However, instead of porcelain the teeth are made of acrylic resin (plastic). They are the same teeth used in production of conventional dentures. Although these are good looking, being made of plastic they are subject to increased wear, staining and in some cases, fracture. The main attraction of these bridges is the relatively low initial cost compared to their metal-ceramic counterparts. However, as time goes by they require more maintenance.