Full Mouth Dental Implants Procedure

Patients who are missing all of their teeth in the upper or lower jaw may be good candidates for implant-supported bridges or implant-supported dentures. Implants are an excellent solution for the replacement of missing teeth.

Dental implants are considered the best tooth-replacement option. They have numerous advantages and resolve many of the issues associated with traditional dentures and other tooth-replacement options. Implant-supported dentures and bridges give patients function and appearance similar to their natural teeth. These solutions also last longer than traditional dentures and are far more comfortable. They provide patients with stability and eliminate the risk of slipping or falling out when eating. Implants gives patients the ability to eat what they want without restrictions.

Another key benefit of implant-supported dentures and full bridges is that they are able to replace the root of the missing tooth. This helps to stimulate the jaw bone and prevents deterioration and resorption. With traditional dentures, patients often experience bone loss because the jawbone is not stimulated. The implants used to support the bridge or dentures are placed in the jawbone, helping maintain the bone structure and providing an incredibly strong foundation for the prosthetic teeth.

Compared to traditional dentures, implants are also more convenient and aesthetically pleasing. Bone loss, which commonly occurs with traditional dentures, can result in a receding jawbone and change the patient’s facial structure. Traditional dentures rely on adhesives and are not extremely secure. As a result, they may require that patients modify their diet or restrict the type of food they eat. In addition, traditional dentures must be removed each night for cleaning.

Dental Implant Placement

An implant post is similar to a cylinder or screw and is surgically placed directly in the jawbone. During the healing process which will occur over the next few months, the implant will fuse to the bone. This forms a strong foundation for the artificial teeth.

In some cases, a temporary crown may be placed over the implant while the implant heals and fuses to the bone. If a temporary crown cannot be placed, a healing cap will be screwed on top of the implant. The cap seals off the implant and protects it from bacteria and debris. The two gum tissue flaps are trimmed, shaped, and repositioned around the healing cap. The dentist will place a few sutures to secure the gum tissue. The dentist will remove the sutures in about a week to ten days.

Once the gums have healed, new teeth are snapped on and attached. This step is not required for a one-stage implant system which uses an implant that is already attached.

Over the next two to six months, the body will heal. The implant will fuse to the jawbone and form a strong base for the new teeth. When the dentist is ready to attach the abutment, the temporary healing cap or temporary crown will be removed. The abutment will then be attached to the implant. Once this step is complete, the full bridge or denture is connected to the abutment.

Each case in unique and patients with missing teeth should follow up with their dentist to determine if they are a good candidate for full mouth dental implants.

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