An implant supported fixed full-arch bridge is an alternative option to a full denture. This option might require a bone augmentation procedure to help grow substantial bone to support the implants. The implants will be inserted along the jawbone to provide adequate support for the fixed bridge. The fixed full-arch bridge requires a more complex planning to execute and for that your dental surgeon will conduct a careful diagnosis and with the help of a CT Scan he/she will determine the position where the implants are going to be placed and identify if you have enough bone to support them. This is an important step as everything is required to be perfect for the correct support and requirements to provide a life lasting solution. The number of implants that will be required to support the full-arch fixed bridge can depend on the patient, as many factors will determine that and taken into account such as the size of jaw, opposing teeth, number of teeth being replaced and the type of bridge required. If in by any chance there are remaining existing teeth that are required to be extracted, then further investigation are also required. This is important, as it is not always the case that implants can be placed immediately after an extraction. After implants are placed there is an option for a temporary bridge to be placed for the duration of the healing period. The temporary fixed bridge will allow the usual chewing, speaking and smiling without feeling embarrassed. If by chance the temporary fixed bridge cannot be placed, then temporary dentures are a possibility. These are once again also very carefully prepared, as during the 3-4 months of healing the most important thing is to protect the implants to not move them out of place. Your dental surgeon will provide all advice you need during healing period to allow your mouth, gums and bone to heal without receiving any further trauma.