Full Arch Dental Implants

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About This Treatment

Full-arch restoration is an innovative procedure that offers a brand-new smile to patients who are in need of a full-arch replacement. Full-arch restoration involves the placement of 4 specialized dental implants in the patient's upper or lower jaw that are attached to a full denture.

The Process

Full arch dental implants, also known as full mouth dental implants or all-on-4/6/8, depending on the number of implants used, is a procedure aimed to replace all teeth on the upper or lower jaw or both. The following is a generalized guideline of a full arch dental implant procedure:

Consultation and Assessment

  1. Examination:

    • Detailed dental and medical history discussion.
    • Comprehensive oral examination, including X-rays, CT scans, and/or 3D imaging to evaluate bone density and volume.
  2. Treatment Plan:

    • Development of a personalized treatment plan, which outlines the approach, cost, and duration of the procedure.

Pre-Procedural Steps

  1. Teeth Extraction:

    • Removing any remaining teeth in the arch that is to receive the implants.
    • Ensuring adequate healing post-extraction.
  2. Bone Grafting (if necessary):

    • Supplementing the jawbone to ensure it can support the implants.
    • Allowing time for grafting materials to integrate with the bone, which can take several months.

Implant Surgery

  1. Implant Placement:
    • Administering anesthesia to ensure comfort during the procedure.
    • Placing 4, 6, or 8 implants (depending on the technique and individual needs) into the jawbone.
    • Sometimes a provisional prosthesis may be placed on the same day of the surgery ("Teeth in a Day").

Healing and Osseointegration

  1. Healing Period:
    • Allowing time for the jawbone to heal and integrate with the implants. This period can last several weeks to a few months.
  2. Temporary Prosthesis:
    • Wearing a temporary prosthesis during the healing period, if it wasn't placed during the initial surgery.

Fabrication of Permanent Prosthesis

  1. Impressions:
    • Taking impressions or digital scans of the mouth once osseointegration is confirmed.
  2. Prosthesis Creation:
    • Developing a custom-designed prosthesis, ensuring it fits well and matches the desired aesthetic.

Attachment of Final Prosthesis

  1. Fitting:
    • Affixing the permanent prosthesis onto the implants.
    • Making necessary adjustments to ensure comfort and proper bite alignment.

Recovery and Aftercare

  1. Post-Procedure Care:
    • Adhering to post-operative instructions to manage swelling, discomfort, and ensure optimal healing.
  2. Follow-Up:
    • Attending follow-up appointments to monitor healing and the function of the prosthesis.

Long-Term Maintenance

  1. Routine Check-Ups:
    • Regular visits to the dentist to check the status of the implants and prosthesis.
  2. Hygiene:
    • Keeping meticulous oral hygiene with regular brushing, flossing, and possibly utilizing specialized cleaning tools.

Before And After

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Patient Stories

I lost my two front teeth whilst at school and had complications for years. Unfortunately I ended up needing an implant – which I had been avoiding! I wish I had done it sooner. Dr Javier was fantastic and guided me through each stage. He was always contactable to answer any queries or concerns. Very happy with the end result and would recommend.
Sarah Thompson
A great surgery; Dr Javier in particular spent time with me to make sure my new night guards fitted well and were up to the job
Paul Rand
The Dental Implant Institute has been an excellent dentist surgery that I have been attending as a patient for many years. When I was young I didn’t have a pleasant experience with my local dentist on more than one occasion. I found the dentist at The Dental Implant Institute very reassuring and comforting. The management and reception were also very welcoming.
Irene Braswell

FAQs

A full-arch dental implant represents a comprehensive solution designed to replace an entire arch of missing teeth, be it in the upper or lower jaw, utilizing a fixed prosthesis anchored by a specific number of dental implants. Distinct from single or multiple implants which address individual or several tooth losses, full-arch implant solutions encapsulate the entirety of the dental arch, providing a unified and structurally cohesive restoration. This modality may involve various methodologies such as All-on-4, All-on-6, or other configurations, and seeks to restore not only the aesthetic visage but also the functional efficacy of the natural dentition with a single, integrated prosthetic.

Generally speaking, most people feel back to normal within three days to a week post-op, and many return to work the day after. That said, everyone heals at different rates. But if you follow your doctor’s instructions and listen to your body, you can recover swiftly and begin enjoying your new smile.
Advantages of Full Arch Dental Implants
  • Restore 99 percent of biting and chewing function.
  • Customized, natural appearance to match your features.
  • Cared for and maintained just like natural teeth.
  • Streamlined treatment process.

The CBCT scan lets us know in advance of dental implant treatment if you don’t have the necessary height and width of bone. In this case, we can augment the bone using a bone graft, which can be done before or at the same time as your cosmetic teeth implant surgery. 

The prosthetic arch in full-arch dental implants amalgamates structural durability with aesthetic finesse, often utilizing materials such as acrylic, porcelain, zirconia, or a hybrid thereof. Acrylic may be employed for provisional or final prosthetics, often favored for its versatility and adaptability. Porcelain and zirconia confer exceptional aesthetic and functional resilience, offering lifelike translucency, color, and wear resistance. The selection of material is often sculpted by factors such as aesthetic demands, biomechanical considerations, and individual patient factors, forging a tailored approach to meet the unique demands of each clinical scenario.

Full-arch dental implant solutions not only rejuvenate the aesthetic panorama of the smile but also substantively support the facial structures, often mitigating the senescent appearance concomitant with tooth and bone loss. The prosthesis provides support to the lips and cheeks, reinstating the natural contours and vitality of the facial profile. Moreover, by arresting the progressive bone resorption associated with tooth loss, the implants help preserve the underlying skeletal architecture, thereby sustaining the integral harmony and youthful visage of the facial structure.

Yes, full-arch dental implants aim to restore the functional dynamism and versatility of natural dentition, thereby facilitating unhindered masticatory function and speech. Once fully integrated and adapted to, the implant-supported prosthesis allows you to enjoy a diverse dietary repertoire, from robustly textured foods to those that demand intricate masticatory function. Moreover, the stability and precision of the prosthesis ensure that phonetics and articulation in speech are not compromised, often enhancing clarity and confidence in social and communicative engagements.

While dental implants boast a high success rate, the potential for complications, rejection, or failure, albeit rare, does exist. Factors such as infection, poor bone quality, systemic health conditions, or impaired healing capacities can influence implant success. Proactive management strategies, encompassing rigorous pre-operative assessment, strategic planning, and adherence to post-operative protocols, mitigate these risks substantively. Regular follow-up and prompt intervention at the advent of any concerns further safeguard against untoward outcomes and ensure the longevity of the full-arch implant restoration.

Full-arch dental implants offer a transformative solution for many; however, their suitability is intricately interwoven with various factors such as bone quality, general health, oral health, and individual needs and expectations. A thorough consultation and diagnostic evaluation will unravel the viability of full-arch dental implants for an individual, exploring aspects like bone volume, systemic health, and specific patient desires to delineate a treatment trajectory that harmoniously aligns with the clinical and personal contours of the patient journey.

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