Full Arch Dental Implants Boston, MA
Full Mouth Arch Replacement for the Upper or Lower Jaw
Dental implants replace a missing tooth or teeth with an implant in the jawbone attached to a crown or dental prosthesis to replace the visible portion of the missing tooth. Sometimes, an individual crown is used to replace the individual teeth. However, if you are missing all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw, full arch dental implants are a solution that makes more sense. A full mouth restoration includes implants in both the upper and lower jaw.
What are Full Arch Implants?
Full arch implants are rows of replacement teeth set in an arch resembling a denture. The resemblance to a denture stops there. Unlike a denture, a full arch is a permanently fixed prosthesis that attaches to dental implants embedded in the jawbone. The arch, or bridge, is secured using abutments or bars to hold the teeth in place.
Full arch dental implants restore your natural function and eliminate common problems patients have with dentures, including poor fit, inconvenience, and embarrassment when dentures slip. The replacement teeth function more like natural teeth because the bit force is absorbed by the implants rather than the gums, which are often irritated by dentures.
Full Arch Replacement Procedure in Boston, PA
The process requires multiple appointments, including an initial consultation for a complete oral exam and digital imaging. The 3D images are used to create a precise surgical guide for placing the implants in specific locations to maximize the strength and durability of the implant bonds.
Implants are placed in the jawbone by your surgeon during an in-office procedure. Small incisions are made in the jawbone, and the implants are placed. Over the next several weeks, these implants fuse with your jawbone, replacing the roots of your missing teeth.
After the gums have healed, a connector is placed over the implants, with time allowed for healing. The final step is the attachment of the full arch to the dental implants. Depending on your jawbone health and other factors, your surgeon may use four, six, or more implants for a full arch replacement.
Benefits of Full Arch Dental Implants
Whether you need full mouth restoration or an individual arch in the upper or lower jaw, you will experience many benefits from your full arch implants, including:
- A functional smile that looks natural
- Facial contours are maintained
- No loss of jawbone density
- Improved oral health and easier in-home care
- Comfort and durability
- Natural chewing and bite force
- Improved confidence
- Convenience – no need to remove dentures at night or to clean them
Are You a Candidate for Full Arch Implants?
If you are missing all or most of your teeth, full arch implants can restore the teeth in the upper or lower jaw. If you have only a few teeth remaining, these will be extracted before the implants are placed. Dental decay, gum disease, or bone loss in the jaw will need to be treated before implant surgery. If you have severe bone loss, you may need bone grafts to strengthen the jawbone and fully support the implants.
If you have osteoporosis, certain immune disorders, cancer, uncontrolled diabetes, or are a heavy smoker, you may not be a candidate for full arch dental implants. Our surgeons will evaluate your overall health during your initial consultation to determine whether you are a candidate for full arch replacement in Boston.
Do not put off replacing your missing teeth. The sooner you have full arch dental implant surgery, the sooner your ability to eat, speak, laugh, and enjoy life will return. There is no need to be embarrassed by missing teeth. Full arch implants restore your smile and help protect you from future dental health problems.
You can schedule a consultation with our office at 617-227-8536 to determine whether full arch implants are right for you by calling our office at 617-227-8536.