Losing a single tooth has a significant impact on your quality of life. When you lose an entire arch of teeth, no matter if it is the upper or lower arch, these effects are multiplied. Losing an entire arch of teeth does more than affect the quality of your smile, it also affects your abilities to bite and chew, which can then impact your digestion and nutrition. Your speech suffers, and others may have a harder time understanding you. Tooth loss also impacts the health of your jawbone, leading to bone loss. At Optimum Oral Surgery Group, we can provide you with the replacement you need to restore your life.
Traditional Replacement for Missing Teeth
Traditional treatment for replacing an entire arch of missing teeth is a denture. Dentures are removable prosthetic teeth. They consist of replacement teeth set into a base that sits directly on your gums. Dentures have been used for hundreds of years. Dentures today consist of acrylic resin teeth and an acrylic base. They are designed to look much more natural than previous dentures, including dentures of just a few decades ago. While dentures restore many of the functions of your missing teeth, they still have many disadvantages. They require significant care, can slip out of place and cause discomfort, and cannot stop bone loss in your jaw.
Full Arch Replacement with Dental Implants
Dental implants are a modern alternative to traditional dentures. This unique treatment uses small titanium posts to support your new teeth. The posts are surgically placed into your jawbone where the bone gradually fuses to them and stabilizes them in your jaw. The posts essentially become new roots that not only support your new teeth but also restore the stimulation to your jaw to stop and prevent bone loss.
Options for Full Arch Replacement with Implants
There are a few different options available for full arch replacement with dental implants.
||Fixed. Fixed implant supported overdentures use 6 to 8 posts to support your teeth. The teeth are screwed into place on the posts.
||Bar retained. Bar-retained implant supported overdentures are sometimes used when you do not have enough bone mass to support 6 to 8 posts. A titanium bar is attached to these posts, and your teeth clip into place.
||All-on-4® Treatment Concept. All-on-4 is another treatment that allows you to avoid a bone graft when you do not have enough bone mass in your jaw . Four strategically placed posts support your teeth, which are screwed into place.
Combining Dentures and Implants
Some patients are missing all of their teeth in both their upper and lower arches. It is possible to replace all of your teeth with dentures or with dental implants. However, not all patients are fond of the idea of dentures and replacing all of your teeth with implants can be expensive. It is possible to combine treatments. In this situation, implants are generally placed in the lower arch, where dentures have a higher risk of slipping out of place.
If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, we can provide you with the replacement you need to restore your quality of life. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Optimum Oral Surgery Group at (856) 437-4432 today.