Implant retained bridgework, familiar? If you have missing teeth and are considering replacing them with fixed dental implants ? Today we have an example of a patient who came to see our clinic to replace 3 missing teeth on the lower right side of his mouth. The teeth were missing for 2 years and the patient found it difficult to function properly. Eating was difficult as the patient was accustomed to eating mainly on the right side. One doesn’t realise that when we are missing teeth in an area the opposite adjacent teeth are rendered useless as they have no opposing teeth to function with.
The patient attended our clinic and a detailed assessment was carried out. Xrays and a CT scan was taken to ascertain if sufficient bone was present for the placement of dental implants. The decision was taken to place 2 dental implants to support a 3 unit implant bridge.
The surgical procedure usually takes about an hour to complete. Most patients have this treatment carried out under local anaesthetic but we do offer sedation for patients anxious about dental treatment.
Once the implants are placed we allow a 3-4 month healing period. During this time the implants integrate into the jaw bone and become fused into the jaw. After 4 months impressions are taken and these are sent to the dental laboratory.
In certain cases we prefer to test the final restoration in metal prior to completing the final restoration. This is called a metal try-in. Once it is confirmed that the restoration is being correctly made then we proceed to completing the bridge with tooth coloured porcelain.
The whole process takes 4-6 months to complete. The final appointment the bridge is fixed to the dental implants by means of abutment screws. Where possible we prefer to use a screw retained bridges in order to access implants should this be necessary in future.
For more information please feel free to Contact Brighton Implant Clinic or Call us on 0800 111 6623.