Full Mouth Dental Implants
The dental implants that can restore a full mouth of missing teeth
Full mouth dental implants are the best dental option for restoring all of your teeth and even some of your tooth roots – whether they are missing in your top jaw, bottom jaw or both. This type of implant is currently the most complex dental treatment available and requires precision and expertise from a dentist with advanced training.
Full mouth dental implants have several advantages and benefits over dentures, bridges and other teeth replacement options. These include:
- restoring your natural biting & chewing ability
- having the most natural appearance
- being very comfortable & stable
- having enough strength & durability to last a lifetime
- being fully integrated with your jaw
- helping to support & keep your jaw bone intact
- easy cleaning & maintenance
- and last, but not least, a brand new smile!
How full mouth dental implants are placed in your jaw
The first step when creating full mouth dental implants is to place multiple titanium implants, or posts, into your jaw. These act as foundations for the full set of dentures or porcelain crowns that will be securely attached at a later stage.
Next, you need to wait for between 2 to 6 months for the implants to fully integrate with your jaw bone, and for your gums to heal around the implants. During this time, you will wear a temporary teeth replacement device that fits over the implant area, enabling you to continue eating as usual.
If your implants are not a one-stage system, at some point your dentist may uncover your implants to attach connecting devices for your new teeth. Following this procedure, your gums will need extra time to heal which is usually around 2 weeks. After your gums have healed, any connecting devices are firmly tightened onto your implants – unless you have a ball anchor system for the dentures to snap off and onto.
Finally, your new teeth – in the form of full mouth dentures or porcelain crowns – are attached. In next to no time, you will be able to chew, bite, smile and laugh out loud with your permanent brand-new teeth! You’ll also be able to brush and floss them like regular teeth.
Considering full mouth dental implants?
If you are considering full mouth dental implants, a consultation with your dentist is the best way to determine your suitability, and which implant options will work best for you – functionally, aesthetically and economically.
If you opt for full mouth dental implants, your dentist can create a custom treatment plan that will include any necessary follow-up maintenance and care requirements, such as wearing nightguards to prevent damage from teeth grinding and clenching at night.