Many people who are missing multiple teeth or have many damaged or decayed teeth think dentures are their only option to have a full mouth of teeth again. Missing teeth can have a severe impact on your bite and speech as well as aesthetics. A full mouth reconstruction through a full arch restoration is possible for many people who suffer from severe tooth loss, even those who have tried other tooth replacement options, such as bridges, in the past.
What Is a Full Arch Restoration?
A full arch restoration is a tooth replacement option for people who have significant tooth loss, tooth decay, or gum damage. The procedure uses dental implants to replace the teeth with functional, aesthetically pleasing prostheses. Your dentist will surgically attach titanium implant screws into your jawbone at each place where you have a missing tooth.
Once the implants are inserted and your mouth has had time to heal, your dentist will install the restored teeth, which often come as a single piece that attaches to multiple implant screws to recreate the teeth and the gum line.
What Are the Benefits Over Other Tooth Replacement Options?
Dental implants look and function very similar to natural teeth, which makes them a good option for anyone concerned with fake-looking replacement teeth. The weight of the implant screw in the jawbone can also help prevent deterioration and bone loss.
How Do You Maintain Your Restored Teeth?
The dental implants used in full arch restorations are strong and will last many years with proper care. Good oral hygiene is just as important with implants as it is with natural teeth. Brush and floss at least twice a day.
Your dentist will give you a nightguard to wear to protect your new teeth from biting or grinding in your sleep. You'll also want to avoid hard foods, such as hard candy and nuts to protect your new implants.
You'll also need to see your dentist at least twice a year for checkups. Your dentist will X-ray your teeth periodically to check the implant post and the health of your jaw bone.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
A full arch restoration can be done on patients missing as few as four to six teeth and can be done on the upper or lower jaw or both. You'll need some X-rays and a thorough dental examination to determine if you have enough healthy jawbone for your dentist to insert the implant posts.
If you're missing multiple teeth, talk to your dentist to see if a full arch restoration is a good option to restore function and improve the look of your smile.