When are All Teeth Implants Used?
All teeth implants are used when a patient needs to replace either the entire upper or lower arch of their teeth. Implants are able to support either a full fixed bridge or a removable overdenture.
An entire arch of teeth can usually be replaced using somewhere between 4-8 implants per arch. The placement of dental implants requires surgery. During the placement surgery, the surgeon will make an incision into the gums at the sites where each implant will be placed. Once the bone has been exposed, the surgeon will drill a hole into the jawbone at each site. The implants will then be placed into the jawbone. If the abutments are not already attached, an additional surgery will be required several months later in order to attach the abutments. Once the patient has healed from the placement of the abutments, the implants will be fit with either a full fixed arch or a removable overdenture.
Full mouth implants offer several distinct advantages over replacing your missing teeth with traditional dentures. Eating and speaking can be rather difficult with traditional dentures, as they have a tendency to slide around the mouth. Traditional dentures even run the risk of completely falling out of the mouth, oftentimes resulting in embarrassment for the patient if they are in public. Implant-supported dentures, both fixed and removable, prevent this problem from occurring. Implant-supported dentures fit securely in the mouth, allowing patients to eat and speak as if they were using their natural teeth. And since implants are placed directly into the jawbone, they keep it stimulated and prevent the bone loss that would otherwise occur with traditional dentures.
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