Full arch implants, also known as full mouth implants or teeth in a day, are a revolutionary dental treatment option for individuals who are missing all or most of their teeth. Unlike traditional dentures that sit on the gums and can slip or cause discomfort, full arch implants provide a permanent solution by replacing an entire arch of teeth with durable prosthetic ones.
These implants consist of titanium posts that act as artificial tooth roots and are surgically placed into the jawbone. The number of implants required may vary depending on the individual's specific case and bone density. Once these posts have integrated with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration, custom-made crowns or bridges are attached to them.
At Foothill Dental Care: Jean Lee, DDS, the All-on-4 technique and All-on-X technique are specialized approaches within full mouth implants.
The Benefits of Full Mouth Implants
Stability and Functionality
Full mouth implants provide exceptional stability, allowing patients to confidently chew, speak, and engage in social activities without worrying about denture slippage. The implants fuse with the jawbone through osseointegration, creating a solid and reliable foundation for the prosthetic arch.
Full mouth implants offer a natural-looking smile. The prosthetic arch is carefully crafted to match the individual's facial features, gum line, and tooth color, ensuring a harmonious and attractive appearance. This restoration can greatly enhance self-confidence and overall well-being.
Preservation of Bone
Full mouth implants, including All-on-4 and All-on-X, help prevent bone loss by stimulating the jawbone. The implants promote healthy bone density and preserve the facial structure by mimicking the natural tooth roots.
Unlike traditional dentures, which may need frequent adjustments or replacements, full arch implants provide a long-lasting solution for missing teeth. With proper care and maintenance, these implants can last for decades, making them a cost-effective investment in the long run.
Improved Oral Health
Full arch implants help to preserve bone structure by stimulating jawbone growth just like natural tooth roots do. This helps prevent further bone loss and maintains the integrity of your facial structure.
Convenience and Comfort
Once fully healed, full arch implant-supported restorations eliminate the hassle associated with removable dentures, such as messy adhesives or daily removal for cleaning purposes. They become part of you – permanently fixed in place – allowing you to go about your daily activities with ease.
The All-on-4 Procedure
During a surgical procedure, four implants are strategically placed in the jawbone. These implants are positioned at specific angles to optimize stability and support for the prosthetic arch. Temporary teeth may be attached during the healing phase for aesthetic and functional purposes. Over a few months, the implants integrate with the jawbone, a process known as osseointegration. This ensures a strong and secure foundation for the final restoration. During this period, the dental team monitors the patient's progress.
Once the implants have successfully integrated, the final prosthetic arch is custom-designed and attached to the implants. The arch is meticulously crafted to achieve an optimal fit, comfort, and natural appearance, providing the patient with a beautiful, fully functional smile.
The All-on-X Procedure
The process begins with a comprehensive examination, including dental imaging, and discussion of the patient's goals, expectations, and oral health history. This helps the dental team determine the most suitable treatment plan. The next step involves the surgical placement of dental implants into the jawbone. The number of implants will depend on the individual case and the dentist's recommendations. Temporary prosthetic teeth may be attached during the healing period.
Over several months, the implants integrate with the jawbone, creating a strong and stable foundation for the final prosthetic arch. During this period, the patient is closely monitored by the dental team. Once the implants have fully fused with the jawbone, the final prosthetic arch is created and securely attached to the implants. The arch is custom-designed to ensure optimal fit, comfort, and aesthetics. Regular follow-up appointments are scheduled to monitor the healing process, make necessary adjustments, and provide guidance on long-term maintenance and care.
Full mouth implants have transformed the field of dental restoration. This innovative approach provides individuals with a streamlined and efficient solution for replacing multiple missing teeth. Visit Foothill Dental Care: Jean Lee, DDS, at 6581 Foothill Blvd, Tujunga, CA 91042, or call (818) 353-1125 to determine if the All-on-4 approach is the right choice for you. Embrace the transformative power of dental implants and rediscover your confidence with a radiant, fully functional smile.