If you are missing a full arch of teeth either in the upper or lower jaw, or both, there is a permanent solution where you do not have to wear removable dentures. A full arch replacement involves insertion of implants to replace the missing teeth in one or both jaws. A fixed bridge is then anchored to the dental implants as a permanent solution for a full arch replacement. The number of implants required will depend on the anatomy of the oral cavity, the type of bridge, presence of opposing teeth and number of teeth required to be replaced.
Installation of the implants to replace the lost teeth roots is the first step. While the implants heal, your dentist will place a temporary fixed-bridge which will allow you to perform activities such as smiling, chewing and speaking without the need for removable dentures. When the implants have healed, your dentist will attach the permanent bridge over the implants. This may take a couple of dental visits to complete depending on your situation. With the permanent bridge in place, it is difficult to tell the difference from natural teeth and many patients report extreme satisfaction with the results.