Full Arch / Fixed Bridge

Smithfield RI Dental Implants - All Teeth Missing


Benefits of a fixed bridge on implants

If all of the teeth are missing or in a condition that they all need to be replaced, a fixed bridge can be anchored to dental implants as a solution. 

Before the age of dental implants, there was no fixed solutions for patients who lost all of their teeth. Today it has become possible to replace an entire jaw with dental implants and a fixed bridge that will result in a more stable, permanent and highly natural looking solution.

Smithfield RI dental implants will:

  • Allow you to eat and function like having natural teeth
  • Provide a solid, stable solution that will serve you for life
  • Preserve your facial appearance and prevents bone loss 


The number of visits you will need to make to our Smithfield dental office for your dental implants will depend on specific conditions. All in all, usually about 8-10 visits should be enough to install a fixed bridge. Most patients report having much more comfort following the procedure than they anticipated. 



The course of treatment described here is one of several options that may be available. Your Smithfield dentist will determine the best solution for you, given your specific case: 

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1: Before the procedure
Your Smithfield dentist determines what needs to be done and prepares both himself and the patient for the coming treatment procedure.
  2: Installing the implants
The first step is installing dental implants to replace the lost tooth roots. In this case, five implants are used. Temporary teeth are attached that enable you to eat and function like normal while waiting for the permanent bridge to be installed.
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3: Attaching the bridge
The final bridge is securely installed on top of the implants. With a full jaw replacement like this, it normally takes 2-3 visits to have the bridge completely attached.
  4: End result
Your new teeth should be hard to tell from natural – both for you and others. People who have had traditional dentures before getting a fixed bridge often describe this as an overwhelming and very positive experience.



 Smithfield Dental Associates Alternatives 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.
 Smithfield Dental Associates Overdenture 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.
 Smithfield Dental Associates Full Denture 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.


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