People often talk about dental implants in the context of replacing a single tooth. However, depending on the condition of your gums and the health of your teeth, your dentist may recommend a full arch dental implant. We’ll explain what this is and when dentists generally recommend a full arch replacement procedure.
What Is a Full Arch Dental Implant?
Think of a full arch replacement as a dental implant for all or most of your teeth. A dentist may recommend this if an exam shows serious signs of gum disease or if all or the majority of your teeth (or remaining teeth) show signs of decay or rot. In this instance, the dentist may recommend pulling the existing teeth and performing a full arch replacement.
What About Dentures?
Patients almost always enquire about dentures as a potential alternative if they’re missing multiple teeth. The enquiry is understandable considering the much lower cost. However, it’s cheaper for a reason. We concede that dentures are better than not replacing missing teeth at all. However, dentures provide only about 50 pounds of bite force, compared to about 200-pounds for real teeth and implants. Bite force is important for maintaining jawbone health.
The dentist will create a digital x-ray of your mouth. With a computer-guided implant system, he will create a personalized surgical template. This helps him determine the optimal spots for implant placement.
A full arch replacement usually requires four implants. Once in place, the dentist will insert the full arch dental implant. However, some patients may need to wait up to six months to allow the implant spot to heal.
Full Arch Replacement Restores Your Smile
Contact 2495 Dental Implants for a referral to one of our participating dentists. Always follow the advice of your provider. He or she will determine whether a full arch dental implant is the best course of action.
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