Full mouth dental implants (also known as complete dental implants) refer to full dentures or full bridges which use implants as a foundational support. Full mouth dental implants are used to treat patients who are missing all or most of their teeth. Tooth loss may occur as a result of poor oral health, damage, or tooth decay causing difficulty chewing, speaking, smiling, sagging in the cheeks or face, and increased risk of oral infection and other health problems. Dental implants replace the look and function of missing teeth, offering greater comfort than conventional dentures which can slip and slide in the mouth.
Full mouth dental implants offer several advantages over conventional dentures and other tooth-replacement treatments. Implant-supported full dentures and bridges can last a lifetime due to their durability and strength. Implants provide a sturdy foundation by bonding to the jawbone. This allows the implants to act as a replacement for missing tooth roots, increasing gum stimulation for better comfort and oral health. Because of the permanent nature of full dentures and bridges, this treatment also avoids the food restrictions associated with conventional dentures and allows for simple care and maintenance. Simply brush and floss as you would your natural teeth and see your dentist for regular wellness checks to ensure the continued health of your implant-supported full dentures and bridges.
First, small titanium posts (the implants) are placed into the jaw, replacing missing tooth roots. The implants are then left for a period of two to six months. During this time, a process called osseointegration occurs, meaning the implants bond to the natural jawbone to create a durable bond similar to that of natural teeth. This bond provides a strong foundation for the dentures or bridges to be placed. Temporary tooth replacements may be placed over the implant site during the osseointegration phase to protect the site and for aesthetic purposes.
Should it be required, healing caps and connections may be placed to allow multiple crowns to attach to the implants. These healing caps further strengthen the foundation of your new replacement teeth.
Your dental restoration is custom-made to match the natural bite and alignment of your smile, offering permanent comfort and support. Restorations are placed atop the dental implants once the osseointegration phase is complete.
The full bridges or dentures are attached to small metal posts (called abutments) or another connective device. This links the restorations to the implants. You’ll need to allow some time for healing and adjustment after the procedure, but once complete you will have a lasting, quality smile to transform your oral health, comfort, and confidence.
If you suffer from missing or failing teeth, implant-supported full bridges or dentures might be right solution for you. Get started restoring your beautiful, healthy smile with this proven, permanent solution by contacting our office. Our friendly staff will be happy to assist you in scheduling your initial consultation and answering any questions you may have!