What is Full Mouth Dental Implants and How Do They Work?
A permanent solution for several missing teeth or full-arch bone loss around teeth, full mouth dental implants provide a natural smile and at the same time conserve the gums and jaw bone structure. They are quite similar to single-tooth implants.
Four to eight implants per jaw of teeth are fixed in the gum to sustain the tooth.
The implants take the place of the roots, blending with the jawbones. Upon healing the dentist places a set of replacement teeth on the implant anchors.
The replacement teeth may consist of a dental bridge or custom-made dentures.
What are the Types of Full Mouth Dental Implants
Full mouth dental implants can be of various types and may use anywhere between 2 and 6 dental implants to support the full-arch:
All-On-4 Full Dental Implants
All on Four dental implants are used for every row of teeth. Two straight, plus two angled implants are placed to support the crowns. The process is completed by fixing the replacement teeth on the implants.
All-On-Six Dental Implants
All-on-six implants help to provide a firmer bite and support. However, this treatment is not possible in the patient who has not had much bone structure left.
What Is the Procedure for Full Mouth Implants?
The treatment of full-mouth dental implants is an outpatient procedure. It is generally considered an invasive procedure with several surgical interventions needed to implant the roots.
There are three components to full mouth dental implants:
- The implants, which look like screws or cylinders and are placed into your jaw.
- The prosthetic (artificial) teeth, which look and function like healthy, natural teeth.
- The abutments that are inserted into the implants and allow the new teeth to connect to the implants.
The dentist takes CBCT ct scan xrays to determine the bone strength, ascertain the situation, to plan the best solution.
The number of implants that are needed is inserted in the form of a titanium screw into the gum and jawbone. They act as new tooth “roots.”
Placing the Crown
After the jawbone and gum have healed after 3 to 6 months an abutment or connector is placed on top of the titanium screw.
After this the last component, the new tooth crown, goes into place, giving a permanent new tooth that is as stable as a natural tooth.
Recovery Period and Checkups
The first six months after getting the implants are most crucial. This is the time when the teeth get stable and the implants are fixed.