In recent years, advancements in health care have created a number of new options for patients who have lost their teeth or whose teeth are not restorable. While these options give patients a wide range of tooth replacement opportunities, choosing the right path can be confusing and even overwhelming without the right information and guidance.
At the Surgical Arts Centre, our surgeons offer a number of tooth replacement options, from single implants to All-on-four implants to full-arch implants. In today’s post, we will take a closer look at the full-arch dental implant tooth replacement process used by one of our physicians, Dr. Clark O. Taylor.
The Benefits Of Permanent Tooth Replacement With Dr. Taylor
Replacing full mouth tooth loss with permanent implants may cost more than other solutions, such as dentures or All-on-4 implants. Traditional dental implants may also take more time to achieve. However, this option comes with a number of distinct advantages that often make them worth the added time and expense:
- They look the most like natural teeth. Because of the way they are implanted into the mouth, the preservation of normal anatomy and tissue, and because of the look of the prosthetic teeth, this tooth replacement system looks more like natural teeth than the All-on-4 or denture options.
- They feel the most like natural teeth. Dentures can feel as if they are moving around in the mouth, while All-on-4 implants are not positioned in the same way as your natural teeth. The replacement of your natural teeth while preserving your biological bone and gum tissue yields implanted teeth that are in a very similar position to your natural teeth and are securely and permanently placed in that position.
- They function most like natural teeth. With these full-arch implants, you will be able to speak, eat, smile, and laugh in all of the same ways that you could with your natural teeth. You also clean your implants in much the same way that you cleaned your natural teeth.
- We are restoring your teeth in an anatomically appropriate way. This dental implant procedure restores your teeth and mouth to the most authentic, anatomically normal state possible: the teeth will be in the most natural position, secured to bone, and at the same level as your former teeth.
- We are giving you an “internal facelift.” By restoring the foundation of your jaw to the most authentic state possible, using in some cases bone grafting, and by having your teeth in their natural position, secured to that foundation, we are not only restoring the internal structure of your teeth, we are ensuring that your jaw bone will be correctly stimulated in the future to slow further bone loss. The preservation and/or restoration of a normal anatomical support for you Facial soft tissues, restores a more youthful appearance to the external facial tissues. Many of our patients, who initially request facelifts or cheek implants along with their implants find that they do not need further cosmetic procedures after their implants are complete.
While these benefits make this procedure ideal for many of our patients, some choose other options for a variety of reasons. The best way to find out if you are a good candidate for full-arch dental implants is to consult with a surgeon experienced in permanent tooth replacement and review your needs, wishes, and limitations.
Understanding the Dental Implant Process
The dental implant process varies from patient to patient. However, it is common for the process to include the following steps:
- The initial consultation. During this visit, you will meet with your doctor to discuss your implant needs, undergo a primary exam, and review your medical and dental history. You will also get to learn about the implant process and ask any questions you may have.
- Possible bone grafting. For some patients, grafting bone will strengthen the jaw and make it possible to securely implant the posts into the mouth in the optimal position. Bone grafting is most often needed in patients who have been missing their natural teeth for an extended amount of time or for older patients. This procedure is minimally invasive and allows us to replace the bone you have lost.
- Primary restoration. About six months after the bone grafting process is complete, you will have the initial implants completed along with a set of interim teeth. For patients who have implants placed at the same time as tooth removal, or for patients with minimal bone loss, immediate restoration of the implants, or “teeth in a day”will be an option.
- Final restoration. After about six months with your interim teeth, your permanent teeth will be secured onto your implanted posts. After this step, you will likely not need any more implant-related procedures–just enjoy your permanent tooth replacement.
Dental Implants At The Surgical Arts Centre
Our surgeons understand that different patients have different needs when it comes to tooth replacement. We are committed to helping each person who walks through our door choose the right solution for their circumstances, medical history, and personal preferences, whether that solution is dentures, single implants, or another implant solution.
Find out what path might be right for you by requesting a surgical consultation with one of our surgeons today: (406) 549-6600.