Replacing all of your teeth with dental implants


What are full mouth dental implants?

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Full mouth dental implants replace all of your teeth with dental implants

Full mouth dental implants replace all of your teeth with dental implants. Essentially, they replace all of your teeth with porcelain or Zirconia teeth that are connected to multiple implant posts. Your teeth will look and feel just like natural teeth. Full mouth dental implants offers excellent aesthetics, full chewing capability, and the confidence that comes with having a gorgeous, fixed set of teeth. Receiving full mouth dental implants is the closest option to having your original, natural teeth back. This is a great solution for people who have lost all of their teeth as a result of advanced gum disease or a lifetime of having bad teeth. The sooner you start treatment, the more years you have to enjoy your beautiful, new teeth.

What is the process for full mouth dental implants?

Receiving full mouth dental implants is a very complicated and extensive treatment. You will be working with a group of dental specialists or a very experienced implant dentist. The process typically involves building up your jawbone, placing several dental implants, and restoring your implants using precise dental prosthesis. Treatment can take between 6 months to 2 years, depending on the condition of your remaining teeth and jawbone. You may be given the option to wear removable or fixed temporary teeth during the healing process. Here are the steps involved in full mouth dental implant procedure:

Preparing your jawbone for dental implants

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

The first step is to make sure that you have enough bone to support your dental implants. Most people, especially those 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 by building up your jawbone. This typically requires extensive bone grafting procedures, especially in the back region where your molar teeth used to be. You may end up requiring procedures such as a lateral wall sinus graft or block graft. A lateral wall sinus graft is a procedure that lifts up your sinuses to add bone in the upper posterior region. A block bone graft is a procedure where you dentist takes bone from a donor site and attaches it with screws to a region lacking sufficient bone. These grafting procedures typically require between 3 to 9 months to heal, after which you can start working on the implants.

Dental implant posts

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Full mouth implant requires 8 to 12 dental implants per arch

Full mouth dental implant requires between 8 to 12 dental implant posts per arch. That means that for top and bottom you will need between 16 to 20 dental implant posts. Typically, 4 to 6 implant posts are placed in the anterior region whereas another 4 to 6 implant posts are placed in the posterior region. Implant posts take about 4 to 9 months to heal before they are ready to support your permanent teeth.

Your actual teeth

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Full mouth implant teeth are made from porcelain or ceramic

Once your bone grafts and implants heal, you’re now ready to receive your actual teeth. Whereas temporary teeth are made from acrylic, permanent teeth are made from porcelain or ceramic. Your dentist may also use pink porcelain to buildup missing gum tissue in areas with significant gum loss. Your final teeth will be completely supported by your implant posts. This means that there is no need to cover your gum tissues the way dentures do.

By the way, you may have noticed that the math does not quite add up since you’re getting 14 to 16 teeth but only 8 to 12 implant posts. This is due to spacing and engineering design concerns. There will always be less implant posts placed than the number of actual teeth you receive. Not to worry, you will have a complete smile with no compromises once the work is completed.

What are some benefits of full mouth dental implants?

Replacing your broken or missing teeth with dental implants is truly a life changing experience. Having your missing smile back is an incredible experience. There are countless benefits to having fixed, permanent teeth as opposed to removable dentures. Here are a few major benefits of full mouth dental implants as compared to wearing denture teeth:

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

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With implants you can chew whatever you like without any worries

Full mouth dental implants gives you permanent teeth that are fixed in place. Your teeth will be stable and they function like natural teeth do. There’s no need to cover your gum tissues the way dentures do. Your teeth won’t rock and move when you’re chewing with them. You won’t get sore lesions or gum irritation the way dentures irritate your gums. As a reulst, you can eat whatever you want without any worries. In contrast, denture teeth moving around, cause sore lesions, and restricts what you can and can’t eat.

High-quality porcelain or Zirconia teeth

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Porcelain and zirconia is much more durable than acrylic teeth

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

Excellent chewing capacity

Full mouth dental implants offer the same chewing capability as natural teeth do. This means that you can eat pretty much whatever you want without thinking ever thinking twice about it. On the opposite hand, dentures only give you about 20 to 40% chewing capability as compared to your natural teeth. Denture teeth are not very efficient at cutting and crushing harder food objects. As a results, many denture wearers find it a challenge to eat foods like steak, broccoli, nuts, and other hard objects.

Long-term preservation of your jawbone and facial muscles

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Implant posts preserve your jawbone and fixed teeth prevent wrinkles on your face

Placing fixed teeth in your mouth does more than make you look good and feel better. Implants protect your jawbone and facial muscles from atrophy (shrinkage due to misuse). The implant posts that are placed in your jawbone preserve your valuable bone structure. The fixed crowns and bridges help maintain your facial muscles in their current position. Dentures do the exact opposite. They don’t support your facial muscles nor preserve your jawbone. As a result, your jawbone shrinks at an accelerated rate while your facial muscles develop more wrinkles which makes you look years older than you really are. This explains why getting full mouth dental implants not only makes you feel younger, but it actually makes you look younger too!

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

You need to have enough jawbone to support your implant posts in order to qualify for full mouth dental implants. Treatment is actually easier if you already have most or all of your teeth in your mouth. Your dentist will remove your bad teeth and replace them with bone grafts and implant posts. However, if you’ve lost your teeth for a long while, then chances are you won’t have enough jawbone to place the implant posts. This means that you have to perform bone augmentation procedures to prepare for your implant treatment. This usually involves a lateral wall sinus grafts as well as block grafts to restore your jawbone in preparation for implants.

We should mention here that there is another option available. You can bypass these difficult surgeries and still have permanent teeth by going for all-on-four dental implants instead. All-on-four implant treatment uses the anterior jawbone to secure your permanent teeth, therefore bypassing the need for extensive bone augmentation procedures. To learn more about all-on-four dental implants click here. Schedule a consultation with a dental implants specialist and discuss different options to decide which 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

It’s no surprise that full mouth dental implant treatment is the most costly of all dental treatments. First off, full mouth dental implant is very time consuming and difficult. Treatment involves multiple bone augmentation procedures, multiple implant posts, and extensive crown and bridge design and fabrication. Your dentist will spend months or years restoring your teeth and he or she is likely to incur a huge lab bill, typically well over ten-thousand dollars, in the process.

In terms of costs, expect to pay the price of a mid-luxury car for your full mouth dental implant treatment. Typically, full mouth dental implants cost about 10 to 15 times the price of a single dental implant. So if your dentist is charging $3,000 per implant then a full mouth case will probably cost you between $30,000 to 45,000 per arch. While this may seem like a very high price, it’s important to realize how much work goes into making full mouth implants. Not having to suffer from wearing dentures and struggling with what you eat every day is typically worth the price tag to most patients who can afford this treatment.

The biggest question is how to pay for full mouth dental implants. Most dentists who offer these treatments also offer financing options 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 you permanent and fixed teeth, but at a steep discount as compared to full mouth dental implants. Another options is to wear overdentures which is a denture that’s secured to several dental implants. This latter option is removable and while far less expensive, is not really comparable to full mouth implants or all-on-four teeth in terms of functionality and end-results.

Full mouth dental implant treatment in San Clemente, Orange County

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If you’re interested in full mouth dental implants, or other dental implant options, then give us a call today. You can schedule your complimentary implant consul by calling us at (949)481-2540 or book your appointment online. We offer complimentary dental implant consultation as well as second opinion. Our experienced dentist, Dr. Jazayeri, has restored countless smiles with dental implants and all-on-four teeth. He will evaluate your jawbone using X-rays and CT scans to determine if you’re a candidate for dental implant treatment. We will present you all possible treatment options and review costs and financing options for those who are interested. The smile of your dreams could be just a phone call away! Fill out the form below to asks us any more questions you have regarding full mouth dental implants or to schedule your dental implant consultation:

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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

106 S Ola Vista

San Clemente, CA 92672


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