Everything you need to know to understand full mouth dental implants


Oceansight Dental & Implants

Office of Dr. Ali John Jazayeri

106 S Ola Vista

San Clemente, CA 92672

Tel: (949) 481 – 2540

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What are full mouth dental implants?

Full mouth dental implants replace all of your teeth in each arch with crowns and bridges connected to implant posts

Full mouth dental implants are one option to replace all of your teeth with dental implants. Full mouth dental implants replace all of your missing teeth with fixed, permanent teeth. The teeth look just like natural teeth and give you full eating capacity. Essentially, full mouth dental implants replace all of your teeth with crowns and bridges connected to implant posts. They offer excellent aesthetics, full chewing capability and the feeling of having your own teeth back. In fact, full mouth dental implants are the closest option to having your original, natural teeth back. Full mouth dental implants are a good solution for people who have lost all of their teeth due to advanced periodontal disease, heavy smoking, uncontrolled diabetes or just long-term neglect of your oral health.

Full mouth dental implants is an extensive treatment and requires an experienced dentist. Dr. Jazayeri has been placing dental implants for over 10 years and has experience with hundreds of full mouth dental implant restorations. If you currently in need to full mouth dental implants call us at (949) 481-2540 to schedule your complimentary consultation today. Proper treatment planning is key to success and the sooner you start, the more time you will have to enjoy your beautiful, new teeth. So give us a call and come to our San Clemente, CA dental office to see how we can help change your smile and your life with full mouth dental implants.

What is the process for full mouth dental implants?

Receiving full mouth dental implants is an extensive restorative and surgical treatment option. The process typically involves building up your jaw bone, placing several dental implants and restoring your implants with multiple crowns and bridges. Typically, most treatment cases take between 12 to 18 months depending on the condition of your remaining teeth and jaw bone. You will be given an option to wear removable or fixed temporary teeth during your healing process. Here are the steps involved in full mouth dental implant restoration procedure:

Building up your jaw bone for dental implants

A lateral wall sinus graft may be used to buildup your jaw bone during full mouth dental implant treatment

The first step for full mouth dental implant treatment is to make sure that you have enough bone to support your dental implants. Most people with teeth missing for a long time won’t have enough bone left to support full mouth dental implants. Therefore, most full mouth implant procedures start off with building up your jaw bone. This typically requires extensive bone grafting, especially in the back where your molar teeth used to be.

The most common bone grafting procedures used are going to be lateral wall sinus graft and block bone graft procedures. A lateral wall sinus graft is used to buildup bone in the upper posterior region. Block bone graft is used to buildup bone in the lower posterior region and other potential regions. Typically, these bone graft procedures require between 4 to 9 months to heal.

Placing dental implant posts

The average full mouth implant cases requires 6 to 12 dental implants per arch

Full mouth dental implant typically requires 8 to 12 dental implant posts per arch. That means for top and bottom you will usually need between 15 to 20 dental implant posts. Usually, about 4 to 6 implant posts are placed in the anterior region while another 2 to 6 implant posts are placed in the posterior region. Keep in mind, there will always be less implant posts placed than the number of actual teeth you will receive. Don’t worry, these additional teeth will be added at the time of restoration. Once you receive your final teeth you will have a full set of teeth at the end of your treatment.

Restoring your teeth with crowns and bridges

Your final teeth will be a combination of individual crowns and bridges supported by multiple dental implant posts

Once your bone grafts and implant posts heal, you are finally ready to receive some actual teeth! The final teeth will be made from porcelain or ceramic and will be a combination of individual crowns and bridges. The teeth are completely supported by your implant posts and do not cover your gum tissue like dentures do. Your dentist may also use pink porcelain as well to buildup your gum tissue in areas where there was significant gum loss.

As you can see, treatment planning full mouth dental implant requires lots of preparation, experience and careful attention to details. With 14 years of experience, Dr. Jazayeri is capable of treating even the most complicated cases. Give us a call at (949) 481-2540 or come into our San Clemente, CA office to learn more about full mouth dental implants. We have patients coming from all of Orange County for dental implants, including Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, Rancho Santa Margarita, Dana Point and San Juan Capsitrano. We look forward to meeting you soon!

What are the benefits of full mouth dental implants?

Replacing your broken or missing teeth with dental implants is a life changing experience. Having your teeth back, and perfect teeth for that matter, is an incredible experience. There are countless benefits to having fixed, permanent teeth in your mouth as opposed to removable false teeth. Here is a list of some of the major benefits of having full mouth dental implants as compared to wearing denture teeth:

Fixed, non-removable teeth that stay in your mouth 24/7

Denture teeth constantly move around and wearing dentures restricts what you can and can’t eat

Full mouth dental implants give you teeth which are permanently fixed in place. Your teeth will be stable and function like natural teeth do. They don’t cover your gum tissue like dentures do. They don’t rock and move the way denture teeth do. And they don’t cause sore lesions and gum irritation the way dentures do. You can eat anything you want with full mouth dental implants without any hesitation. In contrast, denture teeth are always moving around and wearing dentures restricts your diet on a permanent basis.

High-quality teeth made from porcelain or zirconia ceramic

Porcelain and zirconia crowns are much more durable than acrylic teeth

Implant crowns are made from high-quality, natural-looking porcelain or zirconia ceramic. These teeth resemble your original teeth and are nearly impossible to tell apart. Additionally, porcelain and zirconia teeth are durable, sturdy and long-lasting. They don’t change color or losing their chewing capability over time. This means that your beautiful new teeth will continue to remain beautiful and perfect-looking over the years to come. This is in stark contrast to dentures which have teeth made from acrylic. Acrylic teeth break easily, discolor quickly and wear-out after several years.

Full chewing capacity

Full mouth dental implants offer you the same chewing capability as natural teeth do. This means that you can eat pretty much whatever you like without thinking twice. On the opposite hand, denture teeth are not very efficient in cutting and crushing harder food objects. This is because dentures only give you about 20 to 40% chewing capability as compared to your natural teeth. As a results, eating foods like steak, broccoli or nuts can be quite the challenge for most denture wearers.

Long-term jaw bone and facial muscle preservation

Implant posts preserve your jaw bone structure and the crowns and bridges maintain your facial muscles

Placing dental implants in your mouth does more than make you look good and eat better. Implants help protect your jaw bone and facial muscles from atrophy (shrinkage due to misuse). The implant posts placed in your jaws help preserve your valuable jaw bone structure. The crowns and bridges help maintain your facial muscles current position. Denture teeth do the exact opposite. Denture teeth do not support your facial muscles nor you jaw bone. As a result, your jaw bone shrinks at an accelerated rate while your facial muscles become wrinkled and sink in within a few years after losing your teeth. Getting full mouth dental implants makes you look and feel younger!

If you have any more questions about benefits of full mouth dental implants, don’t hesitate to contact us. We offer full mouth dental implant treatment along with other dental implant procedures to Orange County. Call us at (949) 481-2540 and come visit us in our San Clemente dental office. We always offer complimentary full mouth dental implant consultations with Dr. Jazayeri. Schedule your appointment today to learn all about this life changing treatment option.

Am I a candidate for full mouth dental implant treatment?

You most likely have to perform some bone augmentation procedures to prepare for full mouth dental implants

You need to have enough jaw bone to support your implant posts to qualify for full mouth dental implant treatment. If you currently have most or all of your teeth in your mouth then treatment is easier. We will remove your teeth and place bone graft and allow it to heal. However, if you’ve lost your teeth for a very time then chances are that you don’t have enough jaw bone left for placing implant posts. This means that you have to perform bone augmentation procedures to prepare for full mouth implant treatment. Typically, this involves lateral wall sinus grafts of both upper arches as well as block bone grafts of the lower arches.

If this seems overwhelming to you, then you should be aware that there is another option. The only way to bypass these surgeries and still give you permanent teeth is to go for all-on-four dental implants instead. All-on-four implant treatment uses only the anterior jaw bone and therefore bypasses the need for extensive bone augmentation procedures. To learn more about all-on-four dental implant treatment click here. Our recommendation is to come in for a free consultation with Dr. Jazayeri. We will discuss both options and help you decide which is best suited to your needs. There are many factors to take into consideration when deciding between these two restoration options. Either way, we guarantee that you will be happy with the results and love your new teeth!

How much do full mouth dental implants cost?

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

Full mouth dental implant treatment is the most costly of all dental treatments. How come? Because full mouth dental implant treatment is very time consuming and difficult. Treatment involves extensive bone augmentation procedures, multiple implant posts and extensive crown and bridge planning and procedure. Treatment takes a very long time and your dentist is likely to incur a huge lab bill, thousands of dollars, in the process.

Full mouth dental implants typically cost about 10 to 15 times the price of a single dental implant. So if your dentist is charging $2,500 per implant then a full mouth case will probably cost you between $25,000-37,000 per arch. While this may seem like a very high price, it’s important to realize how much work you’re receiving in exchange. Not having to suffer from wearing dentures and no longer struggling with what you eat every day is an amazing experience.

The biggest question that people have is how to pay for full mouth dental implants? Financing is one option that many people choose to afford these types of expensive dental treatments. However, spending tens-of-thousands is simply not in your budget, then you should consider alternative treatment options. For example, all-on-four dental implants offer you permanent, fixed teeth but at a steep discount as compared to full mouth dental implants. Your other options is to wear overdentures, which is a denture secured to several dental implants. Of course, this is a removable option and while less expensive, is not really comparable to full mouth implants or all-on-four teeth in terms of end results.

If you’d like to learn more about different ways to replace all of your teeth, it’s best to schedule your complimentary appointment with Oceansight Dental & Implants. Call (949) 481-2540 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Jazayeri today. You can also schedule your appointment online and ask any questions you may have regarding you treatment. You can always forward us your current X-ray so that we can give you a complimentary second opinion on your treatment if necessary.

Full mouth dental implant treatment in San Clemente, Orange County


Give us a call today if you’re interested in full mouth dental implants or other dental implant treatment options. in Orange County, give us a call today. Schedule your complimentary implant consultation by calling us at (949)481-2540 or book your appointment online. We offer complimentary dental implant consultations as well as second opinion when needed. Our experienced dentist, Dr. Jazayeri, has restored hundreds of smiles with full mouth dental implants and all-on-four teeth. He will access your jaw bone using X-rays and CT scans to determine if you’re a candidate for full mouth dental implant treatment. We will also present you all possible treatment options and review costs and financing options for those who are interested.

Schedule your free consultation with us today and come to our San Clemente, CA dental office to learn more. The smile of your dreams could be just a phone call away! You can also fill out the form below to asks us any more questions you may have regarding full mouth dental implant treatment or to schedule your free dental implant consultation:

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Definition of Dental Implant Terminology


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

106 S Ola Vista

San Clemente, CA 92672

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