Full Arch Implants
For many patients, tooth loss can be a serious issue. Not only can it have a negative impact on your self-image, but it can also make it harder to smile and even eat your favorite foods. While losing only one or two teeth can be easily remedied with a bridge or a single dental implant, losing several teeth may require the replacement of the entire dental arch. If you are missing several teeth inside your mouth, then we here at Alexandra Garcia, DDS, MS can guide you through the benefits of full arch implants and let you know if you may be a good candidate for them.
What Is a Full Arch Dental Implant?
Unlike other types of restorations, a full arch dental implant allows for you to enjoy having your teeth restored, yet without needing to individually place each implant into your jawbone. Generally, they consist of placing four implant posts directly into your jaw. From there, the restoration is placed upon the posts. In many cases, the procedure can be completed in as little as one day, though it does vary for some patients and it can take longer for the implants to become properly osseointegrated (where the bone fuses to the implant) into the bone.
The Benefits of Full Arch Implants
There are a number of benefits of electing to use full arch dental implants over other types of restorations. For instance, they can be completed in a single day, versus other types of restorations, which may take several months or longer to finalize. Furthermore, they can help maintain the structure and shape of your face, as the process of osseointegration stimulates the bone and prevents loss of mass at the site.
Another benefit of a full arch dental implant is the fact that they have impressive longevity. Some types of restorations may only last up to a decade. Conversely, a full arch implant can last 15 years or more. Some patients may even find that, with proper care of the restoration, it can even last them their entire lifetime. Unlike traditional dentures, which can slip and move around in your mouth, full arch implants are quite stable and very strong. This also means that eating, talking, and even laughing can feel more comfortable.
Who Is a Candidate for Full Arch Implants?
Many patients can be good candidates for a full arch dental implant. We can help you determine if this procedure is best for you. Ideally, to be a good candidate for a full arch implant, you should be missing most or all of the teeth along your dental arch. It is also important that you have enough bone mass and structure, as well as healthy gums. This can help ensure that the restoration works well for you and can also help minimize any complications that may occur during the recovery period. Good oral hygiene is also a must, as it can help make sure the entire procedure is a success.
If you are interested in learning more about full arch dental implants, Alexandra Garcia, DDS, MS can help you determine if you are an ideal candidate for it. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with our team of friendly and knowledgeable dental professionals, please give us a call today at (346) 250-2930.
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