Full-arch implant-supported prosthesis, is a comprehensive dental treatment that involves replacing all the teeth in the upper or lower jaw with a fixed dental prosthesis supported by dental implants.
Full Arch Implants
A full-arch implant, also known as a "full-arch dental implant restoration" or "full-arch implant-supported prosthesis," is a comprehensive dental treatment that involves replacing all the teeth in the upper or lower jaw with a fixed dental prosthesis supported by dental implants. This procedure is typically recommended for individuals who have lost most or all of their teeth in one jaw for various reasons, such as severe decay, gum disease, or trauma.
The full-arch implant procedure aims to restore the entire dental arch's function and aesthetics, providing patients with a natural-looking and stable set of teeth. It offers a significant improvement over traditional dentures, which can be less stable and may cause discomfort for some individuals.
The process of getting a full-arch implant typically involves the following steps:
- Comprehensive Examination and Treatment Planning: The dentist or oral surgeon will conduct a thorough examination, including X-rays, 3D imaging, and dental impressions. Based on this assessment, they will develop a customized treatment plan considering the patient's oral health, bone structure, and aesthetic preferences.
- Dental Implant Placement: Dental implants are strategically placed into the jawbone during surgery. The number of implants required may vary depending on the patient's bone density and the specific implant system used. The most common implant systems for full arch restorations are All-on-4® and All-on-6, which use four or six implants to support the prosthesis.
- Healing and Osseointegration: After implant placement, the patient will go through a healing period to allow the implants to integrate with the surrounding bone. This process is known as osseointegration, and it is crucial for providing a stable foundation for the final prosthesis.
- Delivery of the Final Prosthesis: Once the healing period is complete, the final full-arch dental prosthesis is securely attached to the dental implants. This prosthesis is custom-designed to match the patient's natural bite and smile, providing functionality and aesthetics.
Full arch implants offer numerous benefits, including improved chewing efficiency, speech, and appearance. Patients also experience increased confidence and a better quality of life due to the secure and permanent nature of the implant-supported restoration.
Implant Supported Dentures
This implant technique, is the optimal solution for those who have lost or are about to lose all of their upper and/or lower teeth. It's a procedure that comes closest to having a new set of permanent teeth.
When therapeutically possible, we offer to remove diseased or loose teeth and replace them with dental implants during the same visit. This approach saves you time and accelerates the overall process, allowing the implants to be ready to place caps or crowns more quickly.
Simultaneous bone grafting is a crucial aspect of this treatment method. By performing bone grafting at the same time as implant placement, we can ensure optimal support and stability for the implants. This technique helps to enhance the success and longevity of your dental implant restoration.
Our goal is to minimize the number of surgical visits while maximizing the efficiency of your treatment. Combining tooth extraction, implant placement, and bone grafting, we streamline the process, reducing the overall treatment time and allowing you to enjoy your new smile sooner. Our team will assess your needs during your consultation and determine the most suitable treatment plan. We will provide detailed information and personalized recommendations to ensure you comprehensively understand the process.
At Golden State Smiles, we are committed to delivering exceptional care and utilizing advanced techniques to provide you with the best possible outcomes. Trust our expertise and dedication to guide you through your dental implant journey, making it as convenient and efficient as possible. Contact our Concord dental office or San Leandro dental office today to schedule a consultation and explore the possibilities of same-day dental implants with simultaneous bone grafting. Let us help you achieve a beautiful and functional smile.
Day Of Treatment
At Golden State Smiles, your comfort and well-being are our top priorities, especially during dental implant procedures. To ensure a smooth and stress-free experience, we have some helpful guidelines for your appointment:
On the day of your appointment, we kindly ask that you arrive 15-20 minutes before your scheduled time; this allows you to settle in and alleviate any pre-surgery nervousness. Rest assured that our friendly team will make every effort to make you as comfortable as possible during your visit.
For your peace of mind and safety, we recommend bringing a friend or relative along on the day of your treatment. Depending on the procedure, you may receive anesthesia and other medications during the surgery. Having a responsible adult accompany you provide support and ensures someone can stay with you during the procedure and drive you home afterward.
We will provide detailed instructions regarding medications, dietary restrictions, and any necessary preparations before your treatment to prepare you fully. Please carefully follow these instructions to ensure the best possible outcome. Additionally, we will provide you with comprehensive post-surgery instructions, including guidelines for cleaning and maintaining your implant. If required, we will prescribe medications to manage post-surgery discomfort and support your speedy recovery.
After Placement of Dental Implants
Do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery. There will be a metal healing abutment protruding through the gingival (gum) tissue.
BLEEDING. Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding can be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding area for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues please call the office for further instructions.
SWELLING. Swelling around the mouth, cheeks, eyes and sides of the face is not uncommon as it is the body's normal process in repairing itself. Swelling does not always appear immediately. It may take 12 to 24 hours before swelling becomes apparent. Swelling may not reach its maximum until 2-3 days post-surgery. Swelling may be minimized by the immediate use of ice packs post-surgery. Two baggies filled with ice, or ice packs should be applied to the sides of the face where surgery was performed. The ice packs should be left on continuously while you are awake. After 36 hours, ice has no beneficial effect. If swelling or jaw stiffness has persisted for several days call the office.
DIET. Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or hot food. Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.
PAIN MEDICATION. You should begin taking pain medication as soon as you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. For moderate pain, 1 or 2 Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol may be taken every 3-4 hours. Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) may be taken instead of Tylenol. Ibuprofen, bought over the counter comes in 200 mg tablets: 2-3 tablets may be taken every 3-4 hours as needed for pain. For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed. Be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection. Do not take any of the above medication if you are allergic, or have been instructed by Golden State Smiles not to take it.
HOME HYGIENE CARE. The night of surgery, use the prescribed Peridex Oral Rinse before bed. The day after surgery, the Peridex should be used twice daily, after breakfast and before bed. Be sure to rinse for at least 30 seconds then spit it out. Warm salt water rinses (teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) should be used at least 4-5 times a day, as well, especially after meals. Brushing your teeth and the healing abutments is no problem, but be gentle initially with brushing the surgical areas. Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. Physical activity could cause throbbing or bleeding of the surgical implant area.
WEARING DENTURES. You will always have teeth during your recovery period. Temporary partial dentures or full denture arches should not be used immediately after surgery and for at least 10 days.
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