Full-arch dental implants have revolutionized restorative dentistry, offering a reliable solution for individuals with missing teeth. A full-arch implant treatment, uses an artificial arch of teeth to replace teeth on the upper or lower jaw. The prosthetic is typically secured into the mouth with implants, is a great alternative to conventional dentures as the implants prevent the typical slipping and sliding that patients typically experience.

Full-arch dental implants have proven to be extremely beneficial, as the treatment can:

  • Allow you to eat all the foods you enjoy.
  • Boost your self-confidence.
  • Eliminate the need for adhesives.
  • Prevent bone loss.
  • Restore your ability to chew and speak properly.

If you’re considering this transformative procedure, it’s essential to understand the step-by-step process involved, and why choosing a trusted dental partner is key to a successful treatment.

Initial Consultation & Treatment Planning

During your scheduled appointment, our dentists will assess your oral health, review your dental and medical history, and determine your candidacy for a full-arch implant treatment. We may perform various diagnostic tests, such as X-rays, CT scans, or intraoral scans, to evaluate the condition of your jawbone, teeth, and gums.

During the consultation, we will conduct a thorough assessment of your oral health to determine your candidacy for dental implants. If we find that your mouth may not be optimal for implants, we will provide you with options for supplemental treatments that can enhance your eligibility for the procedure. These supplementary treatments include bone grafts, soft tissue augmentations, and sinus lifts.

Based on the information gathered during your free consultation, we will develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. This plan will outline the number of implants required and the anticipated timeline for the procedure. We’ll also discuss anesthesia options and address any concerns or questions you may have.

Implant Placement Surgery

On the day of the implant placement surgery, you will be given appropriate anesthesia to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. First, extractions on the lower or upper arch may be necessary to make room for your full-arch restoration. Next, we will surgically insert the dental implants into your jawbone according to the treatment plan. Four to six implants may be placed, depending on your needs. After the implants are placed, temporary prosthetic teeth or a denture may be attached for aesthetic and functional purposes while the implants integrate with the jawbone.

Once the implants have successfully integrated, we will take impressions of your mouth to create custom-made permanent prosthetic teeth. These restorations are meticulously designed to match the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth, providing a seamless and aesthetically pleasing result.

After the fabrication of your permanent prosthetic teeth is complete, which will take a few weeks, they will be securely attached to the dental implants. We will make any necessary adjustments to ensure a proper fit and optimal function.

Healing and Osseointegration

Following the implant surgery, a period of healing and osseointegration is necessary. It typically takes several months for the implants to fully integrate with the surrounding bone. During this time, it is crucial to follow the dentist’s post-operative instructions and maintain good oral hygiene to support the healing process. While it may seem challenging, brushing your teeth is the most important thing you can do to keep your implants and any surrounding teeth healthy.

Follow-up and Maintenance

Regular follow-up visits are crucial to monitor the long-term success of your full-arch implant treatment. These appointments allow us to evaluate your oral health, assess the stability of the implants, and address any concerns you may have. Additionally, maintaining excellent oral hygiene and scheduling regular cleanings are essential for the longevity of your implant-supported restoration.

Center Valley Dental and Your New Implants

Obtaining full-arch dental implants involves a comprehensive process that requires careful planning, precise surgical placement, and meticulous restorative work. By following these step-by-step guidelines and partnering with Center Valley Dental, you can regain your smile, oral function, and confidence. Remember, each case is unique, so consult with a dental professional to determine the best course of action for your specific needs. Request an appointment to get started.