Permanent and Natural Tooth Replacement
Complete tooth loss affecting the upper or lower arch, or both arches is a common problem. Full mouth dental implants is an advanced solution that can restore an entire upper or lower arch of teeth using a dental bridge fixed firmly in place.
What Are Full Mouth Dental Implants?
Full mouth dental implant treatment uses conventional dental implants to secure a large dental bridge that replaces 10 or 12 missing teeth. The dental implants are strategically located throughout the jaw to provide maximum support and strength for the dental bridge.
The dental bridge is made from porcelain and is extremely lifelike, replacing missing teeth and gum tissue. It is carefully designed to restore the correct facial dimensions, ensuring facial features and the muscles in the cheeks and lips receive the proper support.
The bridge may be cemented in place but is frequently screwed directly onto the dental implants. Although the screws go through the bridge, they are not visible because they are covered with tooth-colored composite resin. Screwing a dental bridge in place makes it easy to retrieve for maintenance and cleaning.
Why Consider This Treatment
Anyone facing complete tooth loss or who has already lost their teeth may want to consider this treatment as an alternative to dentures. Other advantages to choosing this treatment include:
- Often, people who have complete dentures find them uncomfortable to wear, and they lack the biting and chewing strength of natural teeth. Full mouth dental implant teeth are comfortable and remain firmly in place and have a similar biting strength to natural teeth.
- When you can enjoy a more varied diet, it’s easier to eat nutritious foods, potentially protecting overall health.
- Self-confidence and self-esteem are restored with full mouth dental implants, as you can be confident your teeth look and feel good.
- Facial appearance can improve, and especially if you have worn loose and uncomfortable dentures for years that lacked the proper support for your facial features.
Who Can Have Full Mouth Dental Implants?
Full mouth dental implants is an advanced treatment that requires extremely detailed planning. Initially, we will need to examine your mouth and must discuss your dental and medical history. Systemic diseases such as diabetes can affect healing, as can some medications. If you decide to proceed, we will take a cone beam CT scan and digital dental x-rays.
We use this digital data to examine your jawbone more fully because we must ensure that the implants can be placed correctly into strong, healthy bone. People who lost teeth some time ago may have suffered significant bone resorption. Bone resorption can also affect people who had advanced periodontal disease. If there isn’t enough bone, we can restore it with bone grafting techniques.
Our dental implant dentist will also want to discuss this procedure with you in some detail because the feel of the dental bridge will be quite different compared to your natural teeth. Some people find it tricky to bite properly with a dental bridge because it lacks the sensations associated with real teeth. Consequently, they cannot tell if they are biting too hard. Oral habits like bruxism need addressing before implant treatment as grinding and clenching teeth can affect implant stability.
Once we have assessed your suitability for full mouth dental implants, we can begin to plan your treatment.
Planning and Placing Full Mouth Dental Implants
We use the results from your diagnostic tests to plan your implant surgery. Your cone beam CT scan provides us with all the information we need to identify the best location for each dental implant, allowing us to plan the correct depth of implant placement and angulation. Once your treatment plan is complete, we transfer this information to a custom-made stent. The stent is placed over your gums during computer guided surgery. It ensures we accurately replicate your treatment plan, and that the actual implant placement is quicker and smoother.
After implant surgery, we normally cover the dental implants with healing caps and leave the implants undisturbed to bond with your jawbone. During this time, we provide you with temporary teeth or can adapt an existing denture until your implants are ready to be fitted with your permanent teeth.
Some people are suitable for another technique where the implants are restored immediately after surgery. The implants are fitted with a bridge made before surgery, and that remains in place during healing. The restoration is usually temporary and ensures the implants are splinted together and cannot move. It is replaced with a more permanent bridge once healing is complete.
What to Expect After Surgery for Full Mouth Implants?
You may feel some discomfort after full mouth implant surgery, and we can provide a prescription for pain medication, or you can use over-the-counter painkillers. We may prescribe antibiotics and an antimicrobial mouth rinse to prevent infection while your mouth heals.
During the initial healing period, you will need to adjust your diet slightly, eating softer foods that require little or no chewing. We can advise you on which foods to choose before your surgery takes place so you can plan your meals carefully. Our dental team will provide you with lots of useful information and instructions on how to care for your mouth during this time, and of course, we are always available to help you.
Full mouth dental implants are a more expensive solution for complete tooth loss but can provide significant and long-lasting benefits. Treatment carries a very high success rate, but this is dependent on making sure your implant treatment is properly planned and that you care for your implants afterward to prevent infection and potential implant failure.
Our dental implant dentists here at Gentle Dental can discuss all the full dental implants treatment options suitable for your situation. For more information about full mouth dental implants in Queens, contact Gentle Dental at (718) 461-0100.