Replacing all of your teeth with dental implants

What is full mouth dental implants?

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Dental implants have come a long way over the past few decades. Originally, dental implants could barely replace one or two missing teeth. Fast forward a few decades, and you can (relatively) easily replace all of your teeth with dental implants. This is known as full mouth dental implants. First, your dentist will restore your missing jawbone. Next, they will place a handful of dental implants throughout your jawbone. Finally, they will fabricate a full set of teeth using porcelain or zirconia crowns. These crowns are placed on top of the implants to restore all of your missing teeth!

Full mouth dental implants offer the closest option to having all of your missing teeth back. You will receive a full set of permanent teeth that are fixed in your mouth. These teeth offer excellent aesthetics, full chewing capability, and the confidence that comes with having a gorgeous, beautiful, permanent set of teeth. This is the perfect solution for those who have lost all of their teeth. The sooner you start your treatment, the more years you have to enjoy your beautiful new teeth!

What is the process for full mouth dental implants?

Full mouth dental implants is a complicated, extensive, and expensive treatment. Cost-wise, full mouth dental implants are the equivalent of purchasing a mid-level luxury car. Due to its complexity, only a small percentage of dentists offer this treatment to their patients. Expect to be working with either a group of dental specialists or a very experienced implant expert. The process usually starts off with building and restoring your missing jawbone. Next, you will receive your dental implants. The final phase involves restoring these implants with porcelain or zirconia crowns. Full mouth dental implants usually takes at least a year to complete treatment. It is not unheard of for treatment to take 2 or 3 years for more complex cases. Here is a closer look at the steps involved in full mouth dental implants:

Restoring your Missing Jawbone

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A lateral wall sinus graft may be used to buildup your jawbone

Full mouth dental implants require the placement of plenty of dental implants. Therefore, the first step is to make sure that you have enough jawbone to support these dental implants. Most toothless patients, especially those who have been missing their for a long time, won't have enough bone to support their dental implants. As a result, most full mouth implant treatments start off by building up the missing jawbone. This typically requires extensive bone grafting, especially in the back of your jaws where the molar teeth used to be located. You may end up requiring procedures such as a lateral wall sinus graft or autogenous block graft:

  • Lateral wall sinus graft is a procedure that lifts your sinuses to add substantial bone to the upper posterior region
  • Block bone graft is a procedure where your dentist or oral surgeon takes bone from a donor site, such as your hips, ribs, etc. and attaches it to your jawbone using screws.

These grafting procedures are very difficult, painful, and expensive. They usually require at least 6 months to heal and restore your missing jawbone. Once your jawbone has healed, you can start working on the implants.

Dental Implant Placement

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Full mouth implant requires multiple dental implants per arch

Full mouth dental implants typically require between 6 to 12 dental implants per arch. This means that if you are restoring your top and bottom teeth, you will need between 10 to 20 implant posts in total. Typically, half of these implants are placed in the anterior region and the other half are placed in the posterior region of each arch. It usually takes about 3 to 6 months for these implants to integrate with the jawbone. Once healed, you are now ready to receive your teeth!

Crowns and Bridges

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Full mouth implant teeth are typically made from porcelain or ceramic

Making permanent teeth for full mouth implants is quite the challenge. Your dentist has to establish your midline, smile line, teeth position, size, color, etc. Don't forget, with no teeth to be used as a reference, your dentist needs to make everything from scratch to resemble your original missing teeth. Your permanent teeth will be made from porcelain-fused-to-metal or zirconia. They will be a combination of crowns and bridges that are fully supported by dental implants. Full mouth implants offer realistic teeth that make you look like you just came off the red carpet. Plus, they offer you 100% chewing efficiency.

What are some benefits of full mouth dental implants?

Replacing your broken or missing teeth with dental implants is a life-changing experience. There are countless benefits to having fixed, permanent teeth as compared to removable dentures. Here are a few major benefits of replacing all of your teeth with full mouth dental implants:

Fixed Teeth

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With implants you can chew whatever you like without any worries

Full mouth dental implants offer permanent teeth that are fixed in place. Your final teeth will function just like natural teeth. Your teeth won't rock back and forth when you're chewing. You won't get sore lesions and gum irritation like you did with dentures. Plus, your teeth no longer cover the gum tissue. You can eat whatever you want with full confidence and unparalleled comfort.

High-quality Teeth

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Porcelain and zirconia is much more durable than acrylic teeth

Your crowns are made from high-quality, natural-looking porcelain or zirconia which resemble natural teeth. Porcelain and zirconia both offer extremely durable, sturdy, and long-lasting teeth. It's nearly impossible to tell these crowns apart from your original teeth. The teeth don't change color or lose their chewing capability over time. Your beautiful new smile will continue to remain beautiful over the years to come. This is in huge stark contrast to dentures which have acrylic teeth that break easily, discolor, and wear out after a few years.

Full Chewing Ability

Denture teeth are not very efficient at cutting or crushing food objects. Many denture wearers struggle with hard foods because their dentures only offer about 20 to 40% chewing capability as compared to natural teeth. In contrast, full mouth dental implants offer the same chewing ability as natural teeth do. Therefore, you can eat whatever you want without having to think twice!

Preservation of Jawbone and Facial Muscles

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Implants preserve your jawbone and fixed teeth prevent wrinkles on your face

Placing fixed teeth makes you look and feel good. Implants protect your precious jawbone and facial muscles from atrophy (shrinkage due to misuse). The implant posts that are placed inside of your jawbone preserve your valuable bone structure. The fixed crowns and bridges maintain your facial muscles to prevent them from weakening and wrinkling. Unfortunately, dentures offer no such support for your jawbone and facial muscles. With dentures, your jawbone shrinks at an accelerated rate and your facial muscles also collapse to make you look older than you actually are.

Am I a candidate for full mouth dental implants?

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Most people require some bone augmentation prior to receiving full mouth dental implants

Full mouth dental implants are not for everyone. First off, not everyone qualifies for treatment. You need to have sufficient jawbone to support the multiple implants. If you have been without teeth for a long time, chances are you won't have enough jawbone. As a result, you will require extensive bone augmentation to prepare for implant treatment. This may involve surgeries such as a lateral wall sinus grafts and/or autogenous block grafting. Luckily for those who don't qualify, there is another option available. You can bypass most of these complex surgeries and still receive a permanent set of teeth with all-on-four dental implants. All-on-four implant treatment uses the anterior jawbone to secure your implants, therefore bypassing the need for these extensive bone augmentation procedures. To learn more about all-on-four dental implants click here. Schedule a consultation with a dental implant specialist to discuss your different options and decide which option is best for your needs.

How much does full mouth dental implant cost?

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Full mouth dental implants typically cost about 10 times what your dentist charges for a single dental implant

Full mouth dental implant is a complex and time-consuming process. Treatment typically involves multiple bone augmentation procedures, placement of numerous implants, and a complex crown and bridge process. Your dentist will spend many months, sometimes years, restoring your missing teeth. In terms of costs, full mouth implants range between $20,000 to $50,000 per arch. This means that a case involving the top and bottom teeth could end up costing you between $40,000 to $100,000+! This may seem like a very high price, but it's important to understand how much work is involved in full mouth dental implants. There is no price on not having to suffer with dentures and struggling with what you eat on a daily basis. This is worth the price tag for patients who really need the treatment and can find a way to afford it.

Most dentists who offer these sorts of treatments offer financing options to help out their patients. If spending tens of thousands of dollars is simply not in your budget, then you should consider alternative treatment options. For example, all-on-four dental implants offer permanent teeth at a steep discount as compared to full mouth dental implants. Another option is to go for overdentures, which are dentures that are secured to a few dental implants. This latter option is removable and while far less expensive, it is really not comparable to full mouth implants in terms of functionality and end results. In fact, many patients who choose to go for full mouth implants have previously had snap-on-dentures and were unsatisfied with the results before electing to upgrade to full mouth dental implants.

Full mouth dental implant treatment in San Clemente, Orange County

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If you're interested in learning more about full mouth dental implants give us a call today. You can schedule your complimentary implant consultation by calling us at (949)481-2540 or you can book your appointment online.  Our experienced dentist, Dr. Jazayeri, has restored countless smiles using dental implants, all-on-four implants, and full mouth dental implants. He will evaluate your jawbone to determine if you’re a candidate for implant treatment. We will present you with all possible treatment options, review their pros and cons, and present you with financing options.

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Definition of Dental Implant Terminology

Abutment

An abutment is a dental implant component which connects the implant post to the implant crown. Abutments are typically made from metal, although full ceramic options are available as well.

All-on-four dental implants

A full set of prosthetic teeth which is completely supported by four or more dental implants. All-on-four teeth replace all of your missing teeth in each arch with fixed, permanent teeth made from porcelain or zirconia.

Bone Graft

Bone substance used to preserve and restore jaw bone during dental implant treatment. Bone graft comes in many varieties including synthetic bone cadaver bone, animal bone and your own bone.

Ceramic Implant Post

A dental implant post which is made from zirconia instead of traditional titanium alloy. Zirconia dental implant posts are a good option for those allergic to metals or suffering from autoimmune conditions where they don’t react well to titanium.

Crown (Implant crown)

A crown is an artificial tooth, consisting of porcelain or ceramic, which covers the implant to resemble a tooth. Crowns function and look like your natural teeth.

CT Scan (or CBCT scan)

A 3-D image of your jaw structure used in implant dentistry. CT scans capture vital structures and your bone thickness to better assist your dentist in correctly positioning your implant posts.

Dental Implant

An artificial tooth which fully replaces your missing tooth. Dental implants typically consist of three parts: Implant post, abutment and crown.

Denture

Removable teeth which replace your missing teeth and supporting gum tissue. There are many different types of dentures based on how many teeth you are missing and where these teeth are located.

Full mouth dental implants

A complex process to replace all of your teeth with dental implants. Full mouth dental implants requires building up your bone and replacing your teeth with 8 to 12 dental implants. The end results is fixed, permanent crowns and bridges fully supported by dental implants.

Healing Cap (Permucosal extension)

An implant part which temporarily attaches to your implant post. Healing caps are typically placed during second stage surgery. They remain in place for a few weeks and allow your gums to properly form around the implant in anticipation of your final crown.

Immediate load

A process by which an implant post receives a temporary crown or denture the same day as it is placed. Immediate load is only recommended for teeth-in-a-day or missing front teeth in those who qualify.

Immediate placement

A process by which your dentist removes your bad tooth and places the implant post in one day. Immediate load is recommended for teeth which don’t have extensive bone loss or infection.

Implant dentistry

A branch of dentistry which focuses on restoring your missing teeth with dental implants or implant supported prosthesis. Typically performed by experienced general dentists, periodontists and oral surgeons.

Implant post

A screw-like device which is placed in your jaw bone. Implant posts are usually made from titanium or zircoina. Implant posts are used to support crowns, bridges or dentures.

Osseointergation

A process by which the implant post fuses and locks into your jaw bone. Osseointegration usually takes between 3 to 9 months, depending on the quality of your jaw bone and overall health.

Overdentures

A set of dentures anchored in place via 2 to 4 implant posts or an implant bar. Overdentures are still removable dentures, however, they are more stable since they are supported by a few implant posts.

Second stage surgery

A minor procedure performed after your dental implants complete their osseointegration. Your dentist exposes the implant posts, placed healing caps on them and sutures your gums to allow them to heal properly.

Teeth-in-a-day

A process by which your bad teeth are removed and a set of teeth are inserted into your mouth all on the same day. Teeth-in-a-day is temporarily placed screwed in place while your dental implants continue to heal so that you are not walking around toothless during the recovery period.

Oceansight Dental & Implants

General, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry

Office of Ali John Jazayeri

133 Avenida Granda

San Clemente, CA 92672

 

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