Full Arch Implants Supported Restorations
What Are Full Arch Implants?
Full arch implants are an option for patients who are missing most or all of their teeth and are looking to reconstruct their entire mouth to restore both function and appearance. Missing teeth can lead to serious dental problems and can significantly inhibit a patient’s ability to eat and speak. Full arch dental implants can be placed with dentures or bridges, both of which provide patients with a beautiful, restored smile.
Benefits of Full Arch Dental Implants
These dental implants will allow you to eat and speak normally at all times, which may not have been possible before. Full arch dental 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.
What Are my Full Arch Implant Options?
Some of the most commonly used restorative materials for full arch implants treatment may include:
Fixed bridges are considered the most advanced treatment, because they look and feel most like natural teeth. They are also the most common type of dental bridges and are either made out of porcelain fused to metal or out of ceramic.
Dentures can be removed if needed and are more affordable than bridges. Dentures are often used on patients who lack sufficient bone and tissue to support permanent devices.
Implant placement depends on the type of material chosen. The process may include two or more implants secured into the jawbone or the use of a ball or bar attachment which can be used to support multiple replacement teeth.
Full Arch Reconstruction Candidates
Patients missing most or all of their teeth may be candidates for full arch reconstruction. During your consultation, Dr. Gill or Dr. Kenson will determine what options are best for your missing teeth.
Full Arch Dental Implants Procedure
In order for the replacement teeth to be properly secured to your mouth, the implants (also known as anchors) are secured into the jawbone. These implants will eventually hold the replacement structures. Only a few implants are necessary, which reduces the severity and length of the procedure. This procedure may be performed on the upper arch, lower arch, or the entire mouth. Dr. Gill or Dr. Kenson will assess determine the ideal placement for each individual patient.
How Long Is The Full Arch Restoration Process?
We will place your dental implants during a series of appointments over several months. During the first procedure, the titanium anchors or implants are placed into the jaw. These will take the next three to six months to heal and fuse to the bone. This is known as osseointegration. Once the implants are healed, we attach small posts to the implant to help provide stability for the replacement tooth. You will be fitted for replacements after the anchors have completely healed, which can be installed during the next appointment. Implant surgery is an outpatient procedure, that we perform under local or general anesthesia.
Can I have teeth removed and implants placed on the same day?
If a patient has decayed or damaged teeth that need extraction before we can move on to the implant stage, we may be able to remove the teeth and place the implants in the same day. But if the patient has problems with their gums surrounding the damaged teeth, we may need to address that first before we can move on to placing the implants into the jawbone. If at all possible, we try and combine the extraction and the titanium implant placement in the same appointment.
Depending on each patient’s individual case, the entire full arch restoration process requires multiple office visits and can take up to a year to complete.
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.
How long will my full arch dentures last?
If you opt to have us create your dentures from dental porcelain, these may last the rest of your life. Dental porcelain is very strong and durable. We can also make your dentures from high-quality acrylic resin, but these won’t last as long as porcelain. This compares with bridge lifespans of about 10-15 years and partial or full dentures, which are functional for only about five years.
The difference is the anchoring. This delivers bite energy down into the jawbone and helps keep the jaw healthy and continually building new cells. Traditional dentures simply rest upon the gums and the jawbone deteriorates over time.
How to maintain your dental implants for full arch replacement
There isn’t anything special you need to do to care for your implants. Actually, only the post will be visible anyway, as the titanium implant base is anchored fully into the jawbone beneath the gums. When brushing your gums after removing your full arch dentures, you’ll simply hit the post areas of all of your implants to keep the gums around the implant posts clean and healthy.
Are full arch implants painful?
Getting an implant or a series of implants to anchor a bridge or full arches of dentures is not a painful procedure. To gain access to the jawbone for placement of the titanium implant, we need to make a tiny incision in the gum tissue at each implant location. We close these with just a stitch or two. There will be some soreness after this and you’ll need to eat a soft diet for a week or so, but the pain is not acute. Once we place the posts on the implant bases, we have to make even smaller incisions and these will need to heal around the posts. But this is even easier than the first step. Placing the full arch prosthesis onto the implants, once they have fully integrated into the jawbone, is not painful in the least.
Overall, this is not a painful procedure.
the potential risks involved with full arch implants
When you consider the alternative — having no teeth or having only a few damaged teeth — there is little risk in following this path of treatment. Once the anchoring implants (usually four on top and four on bottom for full arch replacement teeth) become fully integrated into your jawbone, they are a part of the jaw. They will likely be fully anchored the remainder of your life.
There is a slight risk of infection when placing the implants and again when attaching the posts to them, but at Golden Dental Solutions we take great pride in keeping our work environment clean.
The main risk with any dental implant is that the implant will fail. When this happens the jawbone doesn’t accept the titanium implant base. This makes for a weak anchor and the implant will likely come loose at some point. Careful planning through use of our panoramic x-ray and 3D imaging capabilities at Golden Dental Solutions makes the risk of implant failure very low. That’s because Drs. Gill, Kenson, and Qi can identify the best sites to place all the implants where the bone is the strongest and most dense.
Are full arch implants covered by insurance?
Most dental plans include some restorative coverage. This usually is roughly 50 percent of the cost. This varies with the carrier and the plan, however, so it’s best to check with your insurance provider. At Golden Dental Solutions, we work with insurance companies to get the highest level of coverage possible for our patients.
Make An Appointment
If you have missing teeth and would like to see if you are a good candidate for Full Arch Implants, contact us or call (303) 277-9600 to schedule an appointment today! Nancy E. Gill, DDS & Dallas D. Kenson, DDS serves Golden, Denver, and surrounding areas in Colorado.