All Teeth (Full Arch) Dental Implants
The Ultimate Permanent Replacement Option.
When all teeth are missing – or have reached a condition that they need to be replaced – a fixed bridge anchored to Dental Implants can be a good permanent solution to replace a full arch of teeth. Bonded to your jaw bone and supporting the tooth crowns above, Dental Implants act like real tooth roots, thus allowing us to anchor the bridge directly to your jaw.
Before Dental Implants, there was no other fixed solution available to people who had lost all their teeth except a full set of removable dentures. Today it is now possible to replace a full jaw of teeth using Dental Implants and a fixed dental bridge. This technique can now provide you with a permanent, stable and a highly esthetic alternative to removable dentures.
What Are The Benefits of Full Arch Dental Implants?
Replacement of a complete set of upper or lower teeth (arch) using dental implants
– Non removable
Full dental arch implants that are non removable are the ultimate permanent replacement option. However this cannot always be achieved. There needs to be enough bone and there needs to be enough implants to support the prosthetics (teeth). Usually each replaced tooth has an implant and crown. Bridges can also be done where some teeth are attached to the adjacent implant teeth and therefore fewer implants are required. However, decreasing the number of implants will place a greater strain on the remaining dental implants and may cause overload. The restoring dentist will advise the patient when and where bridging may be possible. There are many factors that influence a successful result. Including but not limited to: bone quality and quantity, bite, opposing dentition and habits such as bruxism. (grinding one’s teeth).
Semi removable prosthetics means that the prosthesis (the teeth) are non removable by the patient, but can be removed by the dentist if necessary. If this involves an entire arch then usually at least 6 implants are necessary to be able to support the teeth. Biting causes a lot of pressure, and overloading the implants by not having enough of them may cause them to all fail.
There are various materials that can be used when this option is selected. Some options include an acrylic denture with acrylic teeth, or mental reinforced porcelain gums with porcelain teeth. With porcelain there is a lot more pressure created with biting and so more implants will be needed to support the prosthesis (teeth). The semi removable option is often used when there is a lot of bone loss and extensive areas of the gums are replaced in addition to the teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Teeth in One Day procedure is unique because temporary, fully-functional teeth can be placed on the same day that you receive dental implants. These temporary teeth remain in place until your custom, permanent teeth are ready to be placed.
People who take certain medications, such as steroids or drugs that suppress the immune system may not be suitable candidates, either. And people with certain habits, such as people who severely grind or clench their teeth may put too much pressure on the implants, causing long term damage.
Full arch implants last a long time. The typical length of time is 5 to 15 years, though some last for decades. Their stability and comfort go far beyond regular dentures. Because of that comfort, you will discover that chewing and biting feels more like it did with your original teeth.
Unlike a normal tooth, dental restorations are completely cemented in place, so food (and other things) can’t get stuck underneath.
We feel dentists should recommend dental implants rather than dentures in most patients, including older ones. Dental implants are the standard of care for the replacement of missing teeth. So, no age is too old for dental implants.