Dental implants can also be used to replace all the teeth in both the upper and lower jaw. Using a full-arch bridge a dental specialist is able to replace all missing teeth and bring back a beautiful, healthy smile.
Multiple dental implants are a far superior option for the replacement of a full set of teeth than wearing full dentures. If the patient has adequate bone density and material, a dentist should be able to place multiple implants across the jawbone to serve as a support platform for a fixed bridge. If there is insufficient bone, a bone augmentation procedure can be performed in order for the treatment to be carried out.
Replacing all missing teeth with multiple dental implants is a very similar procedure to replacing single or multiple teeth with implants.
It does, however, require more detailed, in-depth diagnosis, along with careful planning and coordination before the treatment can be carried out. Careful diagnostics and planning will allow the dentist to determine the proper number of implants to be able to be inserted into appropriate sites so that the bridge can be safely mounted.
The number of implants a specific patient will need is dependent upon the anatomy, type of bridge to be used, and the number of teeth that need to be replaced. If a patient is missing all the teeth in the upper or lower jaw, these can be replaced with a full arch of implants. In the cases where some single teeth remain in the jaw, these might need to be extracted before the implant surgery can be carried out. There is, however, placing the implants immediately after any extractions.
Benefits of dental implants in replacing a full set of teeth
There are many unique advantages to using dental implants as replacement for all missing teeth. With bridges supported on implants your smile will look like natural teeth and will function as such and bridges and dentures supported on dental implants are significantly more comfortable and longer lasting than normal dentures.
Another benefit is that replacing all your missing teeth with implant supported bridges better preserves the bone of the jaw, thanks to the integration of the implants with the jawbone. When replacing all the missing teeth with conventional dentures the bone will start to deteriorate.
Long term effects
When it comes to long term success dental implants again show superiority to the conventional dentures which cause jawbone recession eventually leading to collapse. Furthermore, eating with such dentures is often uncomfortable, especially with some specific kinds of foods.