If you have multiple teeth missing, a full arch (or All-on-4) may be your best option.
Full-arch implants are a series of 4 to 6 dental implants used to restore an entire arch of missing teeth. Once these implants are placed and allowed to heal, your Restore dentist will create dentures to securely clip to the implants. The result is a set of replacement teeth that look natural and feel original.
Full-Arch implants — also known as All-on-4 — provide an excellent solution to replacing an entire arch of teeth. The procedure is quick — and, unlike traditional dentures, these will never shift or move, or need removal at night. They look and feel completely natural — and help strengthen and protect your jawbone, preventing bone resorption after tooth loss.
The full arch dental implant is a quick procedure, requiring a couple of hours per arch.
After any remaining natural teeth are extracted, we begin by cleaning and numbing your mouth. Then a series of 4-6 implants is placed in each arch of your mouth.
Once your new temporary dentures are made in our on-site lab, your dentist will attach a set of temporary dentures to your new implants.
Healing & Recovery
It is important for patients to allow time for recovery after the full arch dental implant procedure. Initial healing will take a few weeks — and it takes 3-6 months for your implants to permanently bond with your jawbone and fully heal.
You will want to take special precautions when chewing with your temporary dentures to avoid damaging your implants. It will take time to adjust to eating and speaking with your new replacement teeth.
During the recovery process, you’ll see your Restore dentist for check-ups. In that time, we will begin creating your permanent set of dentures — which will be attached when your mouth is fully healed.
Benefits of Full Arch Dental Implants
There are many advantages to full arch dental implants. In as little as one day, you can improve the quality of your life — at an affordable price. Full arch implants typically last 15 years or more, are stronger than natural teeth, and can be an affordable solution.
- Eat the foods you love! Since your dentures will now be attached directly to the jawbone — acting like roots of the tooth — their stability and comfort go far beyond regular dentures. With that comfort, you’ll discover that chewing and biting feels more like it did with your original teeth — and you won’t have to worry about them slipping out while you eat.
- Restore your self-confidence. Your full arch dental implant is designed to look like your natural teeth and give you a brighter, fuller smile. Additionally, since they are anchored in place, you won’t be anxious about them falling out during eating or conversations.
- Prevent Bone Loss. When natural teeth are lost, the underlying jawbone begins to degrade. With full dental implants, the new teeth connect to the jawbones like natural teeth, preventing bone loss and promoting bone growth.
- No adhesives needed. Unlike regular dentures, dental implants do not require adhesives.
- Look younger! A healthier jawline makes for a stronger facial profile, giving a more youthful appearance.
Things to Consider With Your Restore Dentist
To ensure you make an informed decision for this surgery, talk to your Restore dentist about the eligibility for treatment. This procedure prevents testing new teeth for appearance, comfort, and bite before its installation. Entire arch dental implants are unsuitable for placement in the molar areas or areas with relatively high bone density. Implants are placed in the anterior jawbone, therefore bone resorptions in the posterior region can occur as the implants don’t stabilize the jawbone’s rear section. In some cases, replacement services are needed due to the mold’s specificity.
Caring for Your New Teeth
Your temporary bridge is worn for about four months, allowing your implants to integrate with the jawbone and for the jaw, gums, and mouth to heal. Once your mouth has healed, your final bridge is created so that the results are replacement teeth with a close, permanent fit, for an optimal smile and better oral function.
New implant bridges take time to get used to. Maintenance appointments every six months will ensure the health of your teeth and the condition of your implants — and to have them professionally repaired and cleaned.