The Procedure for Getting Full Mouth Dental Implants

Dental Implants Auburn, CA

Also known as a full arch replacement, full mouth dental implants are used when all the teeth on a dental arch are lost. They are a more reliable dental restoration option compared to conventional dentures. This article highlights what is involved in getting full mouth dental implants.

The procedure

The precise number of dental implants needed for full mouth dental implant procedure varies. In most situations, the implant specialist will use six dental implants.

Full mouth dental implant procedure is just like getting multiple tooth implants because of the amount of planning and preparation that is required to make the procedure successful. The process starts with an examination, during which the dentist will assess the patient’s dental health and medical history.

They may take X-ray scans and 3D images of the jaw to determine the density of jawbone and the best position for the dental implants. The scans will show vital structures such as the nerves, bone, muscles and blood vessels. The dentist will then plan the implant surgery, often aided with computer software. They will use the digital images obtained to fabricate a custom surgical guide. Before placing the implants, the dentist will administer local anesthesia to render the patient numb to any pain.

The surgery

With the surgical guide, the dentist will be able to place the dental implant accurately into the correct position. The implants will be placed in the denser areas of the jawbone for maximum support. All the implants will be covered with healing caps (abutments), and the implants will be allowed to fuse with the jawbone. At this stage, the dentist may decide to provide a temporary denture for cosmetic or partial teeth functions before the implants have fully healed.

After the dental implants heal completely, the patient will need to return to the implant specialist. They will take impressions of the teeth so the dental lab can fabricate the permanent tooth restoration for the implants. The full arch bridge or denture can be created from different materials, but nowadays, the common practice is to use Zirconia. Zirconia is a fully metal-free, tooth-colored material that is remarkably strong and natural-looking.

Recovering after full mouth dental implants

Patients may feel slight discomfort after undergoing a full mouth dental implant procedure, and that is normal. The dentist will recommend painkillers to use and provide recovery tips. The patient may need to use antibiotics and get an antimicrobial dental rinse to use within the first few days after surgery. The dentist will provide information on oral hygiene and the best foods to eat after undergoing dental implant surgery.

The success rate of full mouth dental implants is high, and patients can expect them to last for several years. With proper care and maintenance, the success rate can be as high as 90% after 15 years. Patients must pay attention to factors that may affect the durability of this procedure.

Final note

To learn more about full mouth dental implants and how they can benefit you, book an appointment with the implant specialist today.

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