Modern dentistry has seen the rise of implants being used to replace entire sets of teeth instead of conventional dentures.
In cases where several or all teeth are missing and existing teeth, if any, are far too compromised to be kept in the mouth further, full mouth implants can be placed following which a full, new set of artificial teeth can be fixed after implant healing has taken place.
This is known as Full mouth rehabilitation with implants.
Full mouth dental implants provide several advantages. In addition to looking and functioning almost like natural teeth, full mouth dental implants are designed to be long lasting. They’re also more comfortable and stable than conventional dentures, allowing you to bite and chew more naturally and to eat certain foods that can be difficult to eat with conventional dentures.
Full mouth dental implants are fixed in the mouth and don’t need to be removed and cleaned after eating and soaked overnight. Instead, dental implants need only be cared for with the same daily brushing and flossing routines that are recommended for natural teeth.
In addition, because full mouth dental implants will replace some of your tooth roots, your bone will be better preserved. With conventional dentures, due to oral forces, regular wear and tear and certain medical conditions, the jaw bone structure can change and deteriorate. This will lead to the need of frequent denture repairs and a collapsed and unattractive smile. In contrast, dental implants integrate with your jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and your natural smile intact.
The All-on-4 or All-on-6 concept can replace all your teeth with just 4 to 6 implants per arch.
It is similar in procedure to a single implant except that instead of one, four to six implants will be placed. The implants are positioned to cover maximum area in the jaw to replace more number of teeth, and following this a temporary prosthesis is placed immediately at the same appointment.
After implant healing has taken place, the temporary teeth are replaced with a set of permanent teeth.