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Benefits of a fixed bridge on implants

When all teeth are missing or in such condition that they need to be replaced, a fixed bridge anchored to dental implants is the best permanent solution

Before dental implants, there were no fixed solution available for people who lost all their teeth. Today, it is possible to replace a full jaw with dental implants and a fixed bridge that results in a permanent, stable and high esthetic solution.

  • Lets you eat and function like having natural teeth
  • A solid, stable solution that will serve you for life
  • Preserves your facial appearance and prevents bone loss

The treatment procedure and number of visits is largely dependent on the specific conditions.Most patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated.


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The course of treatment described here is one of several options available. Consult your dentist to find out what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition.

fixed bridge procedure
1: Before the procedure
The restorative dentist and surgeon do detailed treatment planning using state-of-the-art technology. The desired final result is simulated and surgical guides are fabricated.
2: Installing the implants
Now, usingthe surgical guide,thedental implants are placed in the predicted positions to replace some of the lost tooth roots. In this case, five implants are used. Temporary teeth can beattached that enable you to eat and function like normal while waiting for the permanent bridge to be installed.
attaching the fixed bridge beautiful new smile with fixed bridge on implants
3: Attaching the bridge
After a healing period, using the prior predictions as a guide, the final bridge is securely installed on top of the implants.
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.


removable implant retained denture

Removable implant retained denture

An alternative to a fixed bridge is a removable overdenture, which is held in place bydental implants. The old fashioned denture has many disadvantages and many patients try toavoided this optionif possible.

removable implant anchored overdenture Removable implant/bar anchored overdenture
A removable full denture that is connected toa 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.
removable 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 function, poor esthetics, affected speech, and sore gums from denture movement. Also,a full denture placed in the upper jaw severely reduces the sense of taste because it covers the palate. Many patients can not tolerate a denture over their palate due to their gag reflex.



San Antonio Oral Surgery & Dental Implants

3338 Oakwell Court, Suite 204
San Antonio, TX 78218

Ph - 210-656-3301

Fax - 210-822-2701

Monday-Friday: 8:30am - 4:00pm

As an oral surgery specialist, Dr. Jeffrey Wert has extensive experience with dental implants, grafting (bone and soft tissue), removal of wisdom teeth and non-restorative teeth, corrective jaw surgery, as well as several options for sedation We also can diagnosis and treat TMJ (jaw joint disorders), oral pathology, and trauma to the face and jaws.

When it comes to selecting the right oral surgeon in San Antonio, experience is extremely important. San Antonio Oral Surgery & Dental Implants has performed oral surgery for families in San Antonio since 1974. If you trust us with your oral surgery needs, rest assured that you’re in experienced hands. Our entire team is dedicated to being an exceptional Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery & Dental Implant practice in the greater San Antonio Area.

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