Full mouth dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth. They are made of titanium, which is a strong and durable material that fuses with the jawbone. This creates a stable foundation for artificial teeth that look and feel natural.
Full mouth implants offer a number of benefits over other tooth replacement options, such as dentures and bridges. They are more comfortable, durable, and secure. They also help to preserve jawbone health and prevent facial sagging.
If you are missing most or all of your teeth, full mouth dental implants may be the best option for you. They can restore your smile, improve your chewing and speaking, and give you a more youthful appearance.
The Process for Full Mouth Dental Implants
Full mouth dental implants are a complex procedure that involves multiple steps. The first step is a diagnostic and planning stage, which includes exams, x-rays, and CBCT scans. This allows the dentist to assess the patient’s oral health and determine the best course of treatment.
The treatment stage includes the following steps:
The entire process can take several months to complete. However, the results are often life-changing, as full mouth dental implants can restore a patient’s smile, chewing ability, and overall oral health.
If you are a smoker, you will also need to stop smoking. Other lifestyle changes, like reduced consumption of alcohol, may be necessary as well.
Our dentists can evaluate your mouth, jawbone, and overall health to determine whether you are a good candidate for full mouth restoration or reconstruction.
You may be a good candidate for full mouth dental implants if you have lost most or all of your natural teeth and:
If you are a good candidate for a complex implant treatment like a full mouth restoration, you may also be a good candidate for alternative treatments that deliver complete oral health via procedures that are not as involved or costly. Getting a second or even third opinion is advisable when considering a treatment as involved as a full mouth reconstruction.
When choosing full mouth dental implants, it is important to consider the brand and materials used. Our dentists will work with you to select the best dental implant brand and materials for your individual needs. We offer a wide variety of implants to choose from, so you can be sure to find the perfect one for your smile.
All of the dental implants these companies produce are manufactured using surgical grade titanium alloys, which are similar in composition to the materials used to create artificial joints. Titanium is ideal for dental implants because it is:
In addition, osteocytes (bone cells) integrate well with titanium and tend to grow towards the metal itself.
Preoperative Advice and Tips for Dental Implants
Our dentists will provide you with specific instructions on how to prepare for your dental implant procedure. These instructions may include:
It is important that you follow all of our dentists’ instructions precisely. Each directive is specifically designed to increase the chances of a successful procedure.
At Bellagio Dental, we understand that dental implants are a major investment, and we want to make sure that you get the best possible results. That’s why we use the latest technology to diagnose and plan your treatment, including cone beam or CBCT imaging.
Cone beam imaging is a type of 3D imaging that allows our dentists to see the bone quality and quantity in your jaw precisely. This information is essential for choosing the correct implant design and ensuring that your implants are placed correctly.
If you don’t have enough bone in your jaw, we may recommend bone grafting. Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that adds bone to your jaw, creating a solid base for your implants.
The use of cone beam imaging or other CT scans leads to fewer risks, safer implant procedures, and better outcomes. This is because our dentists can see exactly what they’re doing, which reduces the chances of complications.
If you’re considering dental implants, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our dentists. We’ll discuss your individual needs and help you create a treatment plan that’s right for you.
For most dental implant procedures, we use local anesthesia. This numbs the treatment area intraorally, so you won’t feel any pain during the procedure. Local anesthesia is very safe and predictable, and it’s the right choice for the vast majority of dental implant procedures.
If you’re concerned about pain or discomfort, we also offer conscious sedation. This is a type of medication that relaxes you and makes you less aware of what’s happening. You’ll be awake during the procedure, but you’ll feel very relaxed and comfortable.
For longer procedures, such as full mouth dental implants, we may recommend general anesthesia. This is a deeper level of sedation that puts you to sleep during the procedure. General anesthesia is the most comfortable option for long procedures, but it’s also the most invasive.
The best anesthesia option for you will depend on your individual needs and preferences. We’ll discuss all of your options during your initial consultation, so you can make the best decision for your comfort and safety.
Full Mouth Dental Implants: Not a Same Day Procedure
Full mouth dental implants are a complex procedure that requires multiple steps. It is not a same day procedure, and it typically takes several months to complete.
The first step is a consultation with our dentists. During the consultation, we will discuss your individual needs and create a treatment plan. We will also take x-rays and CT scans to assess your bone health.
A full mouth reconstruction is a major undertaking, and it requires a certain amount of flexibility and patience on the part of patients. There will be times when you will need to eat soft foods and avoid certain activities. However, the results of full mouth dental implants are life-changing, and they are well worth the effort.
If you have any teeth remaining that are badly decayed or damaged, they will need to be removed. You may also need bone grafts to add jaw bone. Once your mouth is prepared, we will place the dental implants.
After the implants are placed, you will need to wait several months for them to osseointegrate, or fuse with your jawbone. Once the implants are osseointegrated, we will attach fixed temporary bridges.
Finally, we will attach natural looking porcelain teeth to your implants using either screws or cement. The entire process can take several months, but the results are well worth the wait.
The process begins with a dental exam and evaluation at Bellagio Dental. During this appointment, our dentists will assess your functional needs and aesthetic desires. They will also use state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging tools to help determine whether you have adequate bone density and bone volume for the procedure.
If you are a good candidate for full mouth reconstruction, our dentists will develop a personalized treatment plan for you. This plan will outline the steps involved in the procedure and the estimated duration of each step.
The treatment stage typically includes the following steps:
The entire process can take several months to complete, but the results are well worth the wait. With full mouth reconstruction, you can enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile that will last for many years to come.
Proper Upkeep, Issues with Recovery, and Peri-implantitis
The success of any dental implant depends on how well it fuses to the bone. It is important to have an open conversation with our dentists to decide whether full mouth dental implants are right for you. You will also need to be prepared to follow our dentists’ pre- and post-operative instructions carefully to maximize the chance of a successful procedure.
Peri-implantitis is a condition that is characterized by inflammation and progressive loss of supporting bone around dental implants. It is a serious complication that can lead to the loss of implants. The onset of peri-implantitis can occur early during follow-up and often progresses in a non-linear and accelerating pattern. There is evidence that patients who exhibit poor plaque control skills and are less diligent about maintenance care have an increased risk of developing peri-implantitis.
To help prevent peri-implantitis, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once a day, and using a fluoride toothpaste. You should also see our dentists for regular checkups and cleanings.
Issues with Recovery
Recovery from full mouth dental implants can take several months. You may experience some pain and discomfort during the first few days after the procedure. You may also have some swelling and bruising. Our dentists will give you specific instructions on how to care for your mouth during your recovery.
You may experience some pain and discomfort during your recovery. Our dentists will prescribe medication to help manage your pain. You may also experience some swelling and bruising. This is normal and should subside within a few days.
Post-procedure care is imperative to the successful healing of full mouth implants. It is very important that you follow all post-operative directions, including specific instructions for brushing, flossing, and rinsing.
Our dentists typically advise that:
Why is Post-Procedure Care so Important?
The success of your full mouth implants depends on proper healing. The tissue around the implants needs time to heal and bond to the implants. If you do not follow your dentist’s instructions, you may increase your risk of complications, such as infection or delayed healing.
It is important to keep your mouth clean during your recovery. Brush your teeth gently twice a day and floss once a day. You may also use a salt water rinse to help keep your mouth clean.
If you get full-mouth dental implants, it is vital that you follow our dentists’ pre- and post-operative instructions without fail. In terms of behaviors that can lead to implant failure, smoking is far and away the biggest detriment to implant healing due to vasoconstriction—that is, limited blood flow to the surgical site.
Other behaviors that can increase your risk of implant failure include:
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