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If you’re missing several adjacent teeth, a fixed implant bridge using two or more implants can fill the gap to restore your smile and help you maintain your oral health.
A fixed implant bridge is more stable than a conventional bridge that requires natural teeth on either side of the gap to be filed down before anchoring the bridge in place. Dental implants can also help preserve your existing teeth and prevent bone loss in your jaw.
Whether you need to replace several or all missing teeth, book a consultation at one of our dedicated implant clinics in Kelmscott or East Victoria Park to find out if a fixed implant bridge is right for you. Our highly accredited dentist Dr David Norcross, has more than 13 years’ experience placing dental implants and can help you choose the most suitable treatment option to restore and protect your smile.
Missing teeth affect your smile and can also affect your ability to chew and speak normally. Without enough support, teeth on each side of the gap may start to shift, leading to teeth alignment issues and the opposing tooth on the opposite jaw can over-erupt into the gap.
These risks are more likely if several teeth are missing and the gap is larger. There may also be a risk of bone loss in the jaw when it’s no longer stimulated by tooth roots.
A fixed implant bridge replaces several missing teeth in a row, and is a more affordable and convenient alternative to replacing each tooth with an implant. The number of dental implants needed to support a bridge depends on:
For example, if you need an implant bridge of three or four teeth replaced, this would normally only require two dental implants.
A dental bridge supported by dental implants has many advantages over a traditional bridge or partial denture. However, it can cost more than a traditional bridge or denture and comes with general surgical risks.
Fixed implant bridges start from $6,500 for a 3-unit bridge with two implants.
The treatment process for replacing a few missing teeth using a fixed implant bridge is similar to the single dental implant treatment process, where as a larger fixed implant bridge to replace more missing teeth in an arch, typically follows the process below.
During your consultation with Dr Norcross, he examines your teeth and jaws, discusses your medical history and takes a 3D bone scan and impressions to determine your suitability for treatment. Your impressions are used to create a surgical guide to precisely place your implants during surgery.
On the day of your surgery, Dr Norcross removes any unwanted teeth before carefully placing dental implants in to the jaw bone. If you require a bone graft, this is usually done at the same time. The implants are left to heal under the gum or with small healing abutments.
Your mouth is left to heal for a period of time, usually between three and six months allowing the implants to properly integrate with your jaw bone. You’ll wear temporary teeth during this time.
After three to six months, we check the implants have healed before taking impressions of your mouth and implants for the lab technician to design your final bridge.
During your aesthetic try-in appointment, we check the fit, bite, speech and make any necessary adjustments for the lab technician to finalise the design of your bridge.
This is when your long-term bridge is fitted and final checks are made before attaching your bridge to dental implants.
Six months after your bridge has been fitted, you’ll attend a follow-up with Dr Norcross for a check-up and professional scale and clean.
Fixed implant bridges can also replace a full set of teeth, known as full mouth dental implants or All-On-4®. Full mouth dental implants restore a smile using between four to six dental implants, depending on jaw bone quality and allow a full arch of teeth to be replaced within five days of surgery.
Perth Dental Implant Centre operates out of two convenient locations in Perth, East Vic Park and Kelmscott. Call our friendly team at your preferred clinic to find out more about replacing teeth with dental implants or to book an initial consultation with Dr Norcross.
Dental implant costs can varyaccording to the number of teeth you’re replacing, if you require tooth extractions, sedation, bridge materials and other factors. Fixed implant bridge prices at Perth Dental Implant Centre start from $6500 for two dental implants, two abutments and a fixed bridge consisting of three teeth.
Fixed implant bridges are natural looking and are made using a combination of bridge materials. Perth Dental Implant Centres provides single tooth implants and small fixed implant bridges using the following tooth material options:
These tooth bridges attach to high-grade titanium dental implants.
Fixed implant bridges that replace all missing teeth are made of titanium-reinforced acrylic, zirconia or porcelain-layered zirconia. An acrylic bridge that’s been reinforced with titanium is also known as an immediate final bridge and is placed immediately after implant surgery. These acrylic bridges can last between 2 and 5 years before needing to be replaced.
Our process first involves a consultation with Dr Norcross, scans and clinical photographs of your mouth to plan implant treatment, followed by keyhole surgery where implants are placed into the bone. If bone grafting is needed to support your new bridge, it will be done during surgery. We place your titanium-reinforced acrylic bridge and then the dental implants are left to fuse to your jaw bone (through a process known as osseointegration) and heal over a period of three to six months.
If you have chosen to upgrade to a longer-lasting zirconia bridge after this time, we’ll fit your new bridge and make any adjustments as they are needed. We provide you with care instructions for your new teeth and arrange for a check-up and clean appointment after six months.
Smaller fixed bridges that replace fewer teeth generally follow the same process as single tooth implant treatment.
Most patients with healthy and sufficient jaw bone can be suitable candidates for a fixed implant bridge. However, if you don’t have enough healthy jaw bone to support dental implants, you could still be suitable for treatment. During your consultation, Dr Norcross will take a bone scan and discuss bone grafting to help build up enough bone to anchor dental implants in place. A bone graft can be done prior to or during dental implant surgery, depending on your individual needs.
Book an examination with Dr Norcross to discover whether you’re a candidate for fixed implant bridges, call our Kelmscott clinic on (08) 9495 7999 or our East Vic Park clinic on (08) 9470 3944 or send us an enquiry.
Dental implants are the closest thing to natural teeth and can be considered for replacing one, several or all missing teeth. They’re often the preferred option for restoring missing teeth.
Learn more about the consequences of tooth loss and the benefits of dental implants here.
It depends on the tooth materials you chose for your long-term bridge. Titanium-reinforced acrylic bridges may need replacing after 2 to 5 years on average. Zirconia is longer-lasting and may need replacing after 10 to 15 years, however both bridge material options have been known to last longer.
A fixed implant bridge is a row of prosthetic teeth (known as a bridge) supported and stabilised by dental implants placed in the jaw bone. Dental implants behave like tooth roots helping to preserve jaw bone and facial structure and supporting surrounding natural teeth. A fixed implant bridge is permanently attached to your implants can only be removed by your dentist.