If you are missing all your teeth due to decay or trauma, you may require a full replacement option, such as a fixed denture. This option is an affordable, effective way to restore your teeth to a natural, healthy set that enables you to chew and smile with ease.
A fixed denture requires an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon to anchor a fixed bridge to dental implants to create a permanent set of teeth that you can utilize like natural teeth. A fixed denture is a solid, stable solution that will serve you for the rest of your life and helps you preserve your facial appearance, while also preventing further bone loss.
The procedure to place a fixed denture requires several visits and a multi-step process performed by your dentist and oral surgeon. First, your dentist will determine exactly what needs to be done depending on the state of your mouth and health. Your dentist will work with your oral surgeon to create and install a customized fixed denture that looks and feel like natural teeth.
The first step in placing the fixed denture requires the replacement of your lost tooth roots. This is done by your oral surgeon who inserts implants into your tooth sockets and then attaches temporary teeth to the implants. These temporary teeth allow you to eat and function normally while you wait for your permanent bridge.
Once the mouth is ready for the final bridge, your oral surgeon will secure the bridge on top of your dental implants. This process may take several visits as your jaw bone and mouth adjust to the new set of teeth. Once the bridge is secured in place, you will be able to enjoy a full set of healthy, natural-looking teeth that you can care for and manage like your other teeth.
It is important to remember, however, that you will need to be as careful as possible following the installation of your fixed denture as you heal. Your dentist and oral surgeon will instruct you on proper care and management for your new set of teeth. You will need to eat soft foods and avoid any hard or chewy foods. Make sure you follow instructions exactly as your doctor presents them.