Replace several teeth
Treatment: Permanently-fixed bridge supported by implants
If you have Poorly fitting partial dentures or a bridge which is failing, you will know that this can lead to embarrassment and discomfort. Common complaints include getting food stuck under the denture, having to say no to certain types of food and even ill-fitting dentures simply falling out.
If this is something you can relate to, a permanently fixed, implant-supported bridge could be your answer. It looks and functions just like natural teeth. With no need for removal or cleaning, there’s no risk of damaging adjacent healthy teeth. This solution also prevents shrinkage of the underlying bone and should last a lifetime with good oral hygiene and professional maintenance.
For the best chance of restoring stability, comfort and confidence, the permanently fixed, implant-supported bridge is generally the best course of action. But there are alternative routes you can explore with your dentist or implant specialist:
Replacement tooth-supported bridge
- Only possible if supporting teeth on either side can still be used
- Maintains chewing stress on supporting teeth, reducing their useful life
- Should only be a temporary measure if supporting teeth are failing
Larger tooth-supported bridge
- Puts even more stress on the supporting teeth at either end
- May not be an option if the gap is at the back of the mouth
- May need replacing from time to time
- Bone beneath bridge can shrink due to lack of use, leaving a gap
You could choose to leave a gap, but again, gaps can be unsightly and often affect eating, speech and confidence. What’s more, over time the bone and gum will shrink, while the positions of adjacent and opposing teeth can shift, causing a whole host of other problems further down the line.