Couchman Center for Complete Dentistry
Donald Couchman, DDS
Creating Beautiful Smiles
Call: (719) 593-0263

Full Arch Replacement

Are You Missing Some or All of Your Teeth?

 

If you are missing some (or all) of your teeth, or if your teeth are in a condition that warrants replacement, we recommend dental implants anchored to a fixed bridge as the best permanent solution.

 

Previously, there was simply no available fixed-solution for patients who had lost all of their teeth.

Fortunately, dentists today are able to replace a full set of teeth with a fixed bridge and dental implants. This solution is more than a stable, permanent fixture, it is highly esthetic—creating a beautiful, natural looking smile.

 

With dental implants, you can look forward to the following benefits:

 

  • Prevention of bone loss and
  • Preservation of facial appearance
  • Solid and long-lasting solution to tooth loss
  • Ability to function and eat as you would with natural teeth

About the Treatment Process

The number of visits and the treatment procedures for dental implants depends on specific conditions.

On average, the typical patient will visit our office 8 to 10 times before their fixed bridge is installed. Most of our patients say that they experienced an unanticipated level of comfort throughout and following the treatment process.

 

Installing the Fixed Bridge: What to Expect

If it is determined that dental implants are the right procedure for your needs, you can expect the process to look like this:

 Before Installing Teeth  Installing the Implants
1: Prior to the procedure
The dentist will meet with the patient to determine needs and prepare for the upcoming procedure.
2: Installing the implants
The first step of the procedure will involve replacing the lost tooth roots by installing dental implants. Until the permanent bridge can be installed, the dentist will attach temporary teeth to allow the patient to function and eat as normal.
 Attaching the Bridge  End Result
3: Attaching the bridge
The third step of the process is to install the final, permanent bridge to the top of the implants. In the cases of full-jaw replacement, this step usually takes between two and three visits before the bridge can be completely attached.
4: End result
Finally, the patient will be left with new, natural-looking teeth. In comparison to traditional dentures, most patients describe dental implants as an overwhelmingly positive experience.

 


 

Fixed Bridge Alternatives

Removable Overdenture 

       Removable, Implant-Anchored Overdentures. These dentures are a removable solution and are connected to either a bar attachment or ball that is anchored to two or more implants. This solution will keep the denture fixed and stable while allowing for better comfort and function.

 Removable, Implant Anchored Overdenture

       Traditional Removable Overdentures. Put simply, a removable overdenture is an alternative to fixed bridges and is anchored on implants. With this old-fashioned solution, there are a variety of disadvantages, and it should be avoided if at all possible. 

 Removable Full Denture

       Removable Full Dentures. To cover the lost teeth, these dentures are placed loosely on top of the gum. The main advantages to removable full dentures is their easy installation and low price. Unfortunately, these dentures also create sore gums, affected speech, poor esthetics, and discomfort when eating.

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