Full Mouth rehabilitation with implants can be done when missing all or most of your teeth. Book an appointment with your dentist to discuss your case as these treatments are not generalized and are planned as per an individual case.
Fixed Denture Implants (Screw-In Permanent Hybrid Dentures)
If you decide to go with a fixed denture implant, you have a couple options: implant-supported dentures and implant-supported bridges.
Implant-Supported Denture (Fix on 6): This is similar to the implant-supported overdenture, the biggest difference being that you cannot remove it. Although your dentist will remove it if it needs to be adjusted or replaced. Four or more implants are placed to support a denture
Implant-Supported Bridges: The implant-supported bridge option is probably the most natural replacement teeth you’ll find.
Once you get this bridge inserted, you’ll experience no teeth movement. And there will be no flanges (the part that goes from the body of the denture into the oral cavity) and this fixture doesn’t rest on your gums.
Plus, these bridges are usually made of porcelain, meaning the denture looks more natural and it’s more durable.
What is the process Of Dental Implants?
A series of scans are taken by your dentist to aid in positioning the implant and to ensure you have plenty of healthy bone structure. If the bone is diseased or missing, there is still a possibility of a bone graft in order to make an implant viable. Two or four titanium implants is surgically placed in the bone of your jaw. They are then left for between two and six months so the bone can grow around the implants. During this time, you may wear full upper lower dentures. If more extensive treatment is needed, for example bone grafts or many implants, then the post-operative course may require more time and medication. Anaesthesia during the surgery should make the placement procedure pain-free. Whether or not the dental implant can be placed immediately after extraction depends on the amount of available bone in the area and presence or absence of active infection.
Placing the implant at the same visit helps preserve both width and height of bone and may prevent the need for placing bone grafts when bone naturally shrinks back after teeth are extracted. During the first year after teeth have been removed, as much as 40% of jawbone width can be lost.
Sometimes, infection from a tooth or periodontal disease has destroyed the bone to such an extent that it becomes necessary to do a bone grafting procedure prior to implant placement. If it is possible to place the implant at the same visit as the teeth are extracted, this can save at least three months in healing time compared to waiting for an extraction site to heal before the implants can be placed.
Once the implants are securely fused to the bone, a series of impressions are taken and fixed teeth are fabricated in porcelain and the entire framework is screwed on to the implants.
Am I a suitable candidate for implants?
The only requirements to have a dental implant fitted is that you are in good health, possess a healthy jawbone and have no gum disease. The success rate of dental implants is very high.
A factor that can impact on the success of the procedure is the presence of gum disease or tooth decay. These need to be fully treated before even thinking about implants. Smoking needs to be stopped well before treatment and ideally after the implants are fitted. Smoking reduces healing capacity and can cause complications at the integration point of the implant, not to mention its other effects on general health.
Some medical conditions and the medication required to treat them can also have an adverse effect on implants. These include diabetes, cancer and gastric reflux. It’s important to fully discuss your medical history with your dentist in the planning stages of the implant procedure.
Maintaining dental implants
One of the biggest advantages of dental implants is that they require no special after-care; simply brush, floss and visit your dentist as normal. Good oral hygiene, healthy gums and a twice yearly check-up are your implant’s best friends.
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