Full Arch Implants
Full arch implants are an option for patients who are missing most or all of their teeth and are seeking to reconstruct their entire mouth for restored function and appearance. Missing teeth can lead to serious dental problems and can significantly inhibit a patient’s ability to eat, speak and smile. Several types of final restorations can be supported by full arch implant care to restore function and esthetics.
Benefits Of A Full Arch Implants
In addition to the ability to eat, speak and smile normally, full arch implants can reduce the risk of gum disease and other complications associated with missing teeth. Implants can help to prevent bone loss which helps to maintain patient’s facial structure. Patients missing most or all of their teeth may be considered as candidates for full arch reconstruction.
Dental implants are made of Titanium and are used to replace individual, multiple or entire arches of missing teeth. These Titanium implants, known as “fixtures” are placed by our specialist brethren, into the same bone that had previously held the roots of teeth. On top of them, restorative dentists like Dr. Shaw can build individual crowns, bridges and full arch replacement teeth, both Doctor removable (only the Doctor can remove them, say, for maintenance or repair) and patient removable. These restorations, from the simplest to the most complex, require an extensive amount of experience, and belie the misconception that “all dentists do implants”.
Unfortunately, not all implant cases go as planned. For a multitude of reasons, including inaccurate diagnosis, poor planning, unsatisfactory cosmetics, as well as events often unpredictable, some cases fail. When faced with an unsatisfactory result, Doctors with extensive experience in “Rescue Cases” can often improve upon the result. We are happy to consult with patients who find themselves in this predicament.
Full Arch Implant Results
Most patients find that full arch implants look and feel just like regular teeth. The strong, durable, and aesthetically-pleasing results allow patients to benefit from restored function, long-term oral health, and the confidence of a beautiful smile. Patients are able to eat, drink, and speak normally after treatment. Implants and the associated dentures, crowns, or bridges should be cared for in the same way as regular teeth. Patients should practice good oral hygiene and see their dentist on a regular basis.