Can I Replace All My Teeth with Dental Implants? Your Guide – 2022
Dental implants are the modern dental standard for tooth replacements, but can you replace all your teeth with dental implants? The answer is yes – but the real question is, how do you want to go about it? Modern dentistry offers several ways to replace most or all your teeth utilizing the benefits of dental implants.
Discover what you didn’t know about replacing all your teeth with dental implants. Learn about the available treatment options for replacing the teeth on your upper jaw, lower jaw, or full mouth. And find out how to improve your quality of life and restore your natural oral function with implant tooth replacements.
Can I Get All New Teeth With Dental Implants?
To answer the question – yes, you can replace every individual tooth in your mouth with a single-tooth dental implant replacement if you so choose. However, the cost of such a procedure would be prohibitively expensive and take an awfully long time. But single-tooth implants are not the best option for patients missing most or all their teeth.
The best way to permanently replace all your teeth on the upper or lower jaw is a full arch dental implant prosthesis. You may be wondering, “isn’t a full arch prosthesis just a denture?” An implant-supported prosthetic arch combines the best of both worlds and is only possible through modern technological advancements in implant dentistry.
An implant-supported upper arch is more comfortable than a removable denture because it securely holds the prosthesis in place while you speak and chew. The upper jawbone is softer and more sensitive to hot and cold than the lower jawbone. An implant-supported arch does not impede your sensitivity to food and beverage temperature.
Many patients find removable dentures on their lower jaw to cause discomfort because there is no palate on the lower jaw and, therefore, no suction to hold the denture in place. Instead, an implant-supported lower denture has a more natural feeling, aesthetic, and function. Best of all, the implants support your bite force so that you can return to a restriction-free diet.
Bone Resorption & Grafting
For a dental implant placement to be successful, there must be sufficient bone mass in the spot where the implant is going. Healthy bones continuously go through resorption and ossification, removing old bone and adding new bone (respectively). When you lose a tooth, your jawbone begins resorption, but ossification stops. If a tooth stays missing, the bone resorption can decrease your jawbone’s mass by 25% in the first year.
When there isn’t sufficient bone mass or support from the jawbone to place an implant, bone grafting or APRF (Advanced Platelet Rich Fibrin) is essential. This provides new support for the implant where resorption has taken place by increasing the bone mass with bone from another source. In a single-tooth implant procedure, jawbone grafting is common, but the same is not true for full-mouth implant tooth replacements.
Tooth Replacement Options for All New Teeth
There is much less need for jawbone grafting in full-mouth implant procedures because only four dental implants can support a whole row of teeth. Often, patients don’t require bone grafting because the doctor can pick implant placement locations where the jawbone has sufficient density and volume. The options for replacing all your teeth with implants include:
All Teeth on Implants
An All-on-4 procedure uses four to eight dental implants to support a permanent full-arch prosthetic on the upper or lower jaw. An All-on-4 treatment often only takes one day for patients to get all new teeth. Your implant dentist or implant dental surgeon will help determine whether you are a suitable candidate for a teeth-in-a-day procedure.
An implant denture features two to six dental implants that secure a prosthesis on your jaw. The denture permanently fastens to the implants, which support your bite force against the jawbone when you chew and reduce your dietary restrictions.
Snap-on dentures work in a similar way to implant-retained dentures. Two to six dental implants support the prosthesis in your lower jaw. Snap-on dentures, however, are easy to snap in and out of your mouth, just like a removable denture. But, unlike a traditional removable denture, a snap-on denture stimulates healthy jawbone growth.
How to Choose the Best Treatment
There is no “one-size-fits-all” solution when it comes to restoring your teeth with dental implants. The best treatment for you depends on your individual needs, preferences, and the recommendation of your implant dentist. During your free in-person consultation, your doctor will help to determine your definitive treatment options based on your exam, needs, and desires.
Dental implants provide a foundation for prosthetic teeth that retain your natural oral functions and facial structure. Contact The Denture Center today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about replacing all your teeth with dental implants. Our in-house lab will fabricate your custom dentures right here, in our office, ensuring the minimal possible waiting period before getting your new teeth.
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