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Full arch bridgework

Full arch bridgework is a great option if you are missing multiple teeth. Upper, lower or full mouths can be restored with fixed bridgework. Our specialist dentists use the most cutting-edge dentistry to help you rediscover your bright, natural smile.

Dental implants

Full arch bridgework typically uses four to six dental implants per arch, which have a range of benefits:

  • Long-lasting 
  • Strong, fixed teeth that allow you to eat any food you like
  • No need to reshape, remove or damage healthy teeth surrounding the gap
  • A healthy mouth: missing teeth can cause a variety of problems, such as teeth movement, difficulty maintaining oral hygiene, gum disease and even further tooth loss
  • A beautiful, natural-looking smile 
  • Better, more comfortable eating which is linked with better overall health and wellbeing.

How realistic do implants look?

Dental implants use innovative new techniques and materials to look just like real teeth:

  • A high-quality, light-permeable, white porcelain that lets light pass through
  • Crowns to fit when you bite and move your mouth in every direction
  • Using both observation and digital photography to help colour match to your teeth

The process

As with any of our treatments we’ll understand your needs and discuss all of the options when you come in for a consultation, before providing you with a comprehensive treatment plan.

Our specialists use the finest and best researched materials and techniques made by world leaders in the field of implant placement, production and research. They carefully and gently place the titanium implant into the bone and leave it to bond for a few weeks. Once it has bonded, your dentist will make moulds of your teeth and gums to model a tooth-like top that will be glued or screwed onto the implant, depending on which kind you choose. As the process takes several weeks, we can provide a temporary restoration to fill the gap if required, ensuring at no point will you be without teeth.

Helping you heal

We’ll provide you with expert care before, during and after the process to make sure that your new implant takes hold and that you heal quickly. This covers everything from what to do before your surgery, to guidance on oral hygiene, discomfort management and eating and drinking afterwards.


You will be asked detailed questions about your medical history and there will be a complete examination of your mouth and any remaining teeth. We will then assess whether implants are a feasible treatment option for you, and for this to be the case we need to be able to mitigate any risk factors. If you are willing, x-rays and CBCT 3D scans will be taken to assess bone volume and density.

There are several options for replacing all your teeth. Not all of them involve implants.

  • A denture supported by two or more implants can replace the teeth.
  • A bridge fixed to four or more implants can replace the missing teeth.
  • A denture can also be fitted to without being anchored by implants, although they may adversely affect your ability to eat, taste food and speak. In the lower jaw increasingly the base line level of care is to consider at least 2 implants to stabilise a denture.
Yes. You can have any number of teeth replaced with implants, from a single tooth to a complete set of upper and lower fixed teeth.

Yes, and they can safely bite against each other, although the rate of wear of implant based crowns and bridges is different from natural teeth, so we will want to check your bite regularly to minimise the risk of implant damage.


In short, yes, and the success rate for implants successfully integrating is generally quoted at 95%.  Implants are generally made of pure titanium; a material that has been used and has been the subject of rigorous review over many decades. It is even possible to have implants made of pure ceramic.

However, an implant could fail because of poor oral hygiene or infection. If an implant does not integrate well with the surrounding bone, it will eventually become loose and no longer be able to support replacement teeth. Commonly the failing implant causes no discomfort. We will always monitor the health of your implant with scheduled follow-up appointments so that any signs of problems will be picked up early and addressed quickly.

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