Missing teeth need to be addressed as soon as possible, especially if a full arch (all of the upper or lower teeth) is involved. Full arch or full mouth dental implants are ideal for those who have lost all of their teeth on a single arch (lower of upper jaw), who do not want to deal with the discomfort and inconvenience that removable dentures can give.
Removable dentures also offer solutions to missing teeth; however, as they are not fixed in place, they will have a tendency to move around inside the mouth. When dentures move unnecessarily, they can cause friction on the inner lining of the mouth – which can lead to uncomfortable episodes that can result to painful mouth sores that can become infected, especially if the friction is repeated often.
Steps in the Placement of Full Arch/Full Mouth Dental Implants
- The patient is given all the information needed about the whole full arch/full mouth dental implants placement procedure; the initial assessment and consultation phase will also be helpful in determining the patient’s goals and expectations, which can be discussed in detail with the dentist.
- After the initial consultation and planning stage, the dental implants can then be placed or installed. Temporary teeth restorations will be attached to allow the patient to replace the form and function of natural teeth, while waiting for the permanent dentures or bridges to be installed. With the temporary teeth restorations, the patient can enjoy eating, chewing, and smiling without having to worry about missing teeth problems.
- The next step involves attaching the permanent, fixed dentures or bridges to the dental implants which have previously been placed. The temporary teeth restorations will first be removed, and the final dentures or dental bridges placed to replace the form and function of missing teeth.
- After the permanent or fixed dentures/dental bridges are secured firmly in place, the patient can now start enjoying a brand-new smile, without having to worry about dentures that move around the mouth unnecessarily.
Benefits of Dentures/ or Dental Bridges Fixed with Dental Implants
Fixed dentures or dental bridges have a number of advantages or benefits over removable dentures:
- Confidence – Fixed dentures or dental bridges supported by dental implants replace the form and function of missing teeth, and are securely anchored to the jaw through the use of dental implants. As such, a person will not have to constantly worry about embarrassing episodes when the dentures move in unplanned ways – which may be the case when removable dentures are used. Fixed dentures or dental bridges with dental implants give the wearer the confidence to eat, speak or smile confidently, knowing that the teeth restorations will stay securely in place.
- Increased Comfort – Removable dentures have the tendency to move around inside the mouth, especially if they start to loosen. The constant friction caused by moving dentures can cause painful mouth sores to form, which may lead to infections. Fixed dental bridges or dentures supported by dental implants stay firmly in place, eliminating uncomfortable instances when dentures move around unnecessarily.
- Improved Facial Contours – Missing teeth can significantly alter a person’s facial contours, and can make one seem a lot older than he/she actually is. Fixed dentures or dental bridges with dental implants can help in maintaining a person’s facial contours, and can also help in preserving the jaw bone.
- Improved Eating/Chewing Ability – Chewing can be extremely difficult with dentures that are loose and constantly moving; this can make the pleasurable activity of eating seem like a never-ending chore. Fixed dental bridges or dentures are secured in place with dental implants, so they will not move around – enabling a person to experience the pleasure of eating once again, without worrying about loose dentures/dental bridges that annoyingly move around inside the mouth.