Full Mouth Dental Implants
If you are missing most or all of your teeth, there are several options available, including dentures and dental implants. Full mouth dental implants provide an alternative to conventional dentures, which are typically held in place with suction. Dental implants use titanium screws inserted into the jawbone to anchor artificial teeth in the mouth. These screws act like the roots of natural teeth, anchoring the denture in place.
Dental implants provide a strong support for the false teeth. This method tends to provide the most natural-looking result with the most chewing power, making this among the best ways to restore both the look and function of the missing teeth. Many patients also find that they are more comfortable than conventional dentures, which can slip out of place in the mouth.
Implant-supported artificial teeth may be used to replace one or many missing teeth. One benefit over conventional full dentures is that any remaining teeth do not need to be removed in order for artificial teeth to be anchored with implants. While dental implants are typically used to replace a single missing tooth, they can also be used to anchor a full mouth of artificial teeth, including the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both.
Full mouth dental implants may be used as an alternative to wearing a full denture when there is enough bone in the jaw to support them. This technique works better on those whose tooth loss is relatively recent, as the jaw bone begins wearing down once teeth are lost.
The Dental Implant Procedure:
The dental implant surgery involves the drilling of small holes in the jaw bone. Titanium screws are threaded into these holes. Then, over the following months, the implant fuses to the bone, forming a strong anchor for the artificial teeth.
During the second stage of the procedure, these implants are uncovered, and the artificial teeth are attached to the implants. Usually, a connective device is placed atop the screw; the artificial teeth are then attached to this device. There are several types of hardware used to connect the artificial teeth to the implant devices. Most commonly, small metal posts called abutments are placed on top of each titanium screw. Some full mouth dental implants are designed to be removable for cleaning purposes, while others are semi-permanent.
When replacing a full mouth of missing teeth, implants do not need to be placed in the location of every missing tooth. Instead, they are spaced further apart, with the artificial teeth in between these implants attached to the surrounding false teeth. The number of implants necessary varies depending on the bone structure and other factors.
When the implants are used to hold a full mouth of artificial teeth, the teeth themselves often look similar to dentures. The major difference is that the dentures are anchored by clipping them onto the implants, rather than solely via suction. These artificial teeth are created in a similar manner to dentures, with the teeth themselves modeled after the shape and color of your natural teeth, if possible.