Full Arch Dental Implants Temecula, CA
Losing all or most of your teeth is traumatic – it makes it difficult to enjoy eating, speaking, and smiling. Over time, missing teeth also contribute to the deterioration of the jawbone and can lead to severe dental problems. For many residents of Temecula and the surrounding area, full arch dental implants are the ideal solution if they are missing all the teeth in the upper or lower jaw. At Rancho Oral and Facial Surgery, we have placed full mouth dental implants for many patients, restoring complete function and aesthetics.
What are Full Arch Dental Implants?
Full arch or full mouth dental implants replace an entire row of missing teeth. Between four and six titanium implants are surgically placed in the jawbone to support the replacement teeth. The implants act as the “roots” for the new teeth, providing a stable base to hold them in place. Rather than placing over a dozen individual implants with one for each tooth, full arch implants use 4-6 implants to support a complete set of replacement teeth that are attached to the implants. The arch of replacement teeth resembles a denture but is permanently attached to the implants. This prevents movement of the replacement teeth and shifting of the prosthesis.
Benefits of Full Mouth Dental Implants
Rancho Oral and Facial Surgery Provides Full Arch Dental Implants in Murrieta, Temecula, Hemet, and Chino Hills, CA
There are many benefits to full mouth implants over alternatives such as dentures, including:
- Natural look and feel
- Implants prevent jawbone deterioration caused by missing tooth roots
- Dentures cause your gums to recede; implants do not
- No need for special care. Brush and floss them like natural teeth.
- Full arch implants are more convenient. You do not have to remove them at night to sleep or to clean them.
- Many patients who would otherwise need bone grafts can get full arch dental implants using without grafting.
- You are less likely to get food debris trapped under a full arch. Dentures are prone to trapped food particles that can lead to cavities and gingivitis.
- You can eat anything you can eat with natural teeth.
- Full mouth dental implants do not develop tooth decay
- Implants can last a lifetime, and the full arch can last 20 years or more. Dentures have to be replaced every 5 to 10 years.
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Full Arch Replacement ProcessFull arch dental implants require patient commitment to the process, which takes several weeks or months. At your evaluation, Dr. Lee or Dr. Pulsipher will determine the condition of your mouth, gums, jawbone, and any remaining teeth through advanced 3D imaging and a physical exam. If they feel a full arch replacement is the right choice, they will explain the procedure in detail and review your options.
Our surgeons carefully design a customized surgical plan for each patient using computerized guides based on your evaluation and 3D images. This innovative technology, backed by our surgeons’ years of experience, ensures precision placement for optimal comfort and quick recovery.
When you return for the implant surgery, four to six implants are placed in the jawbone. Although you may receive a temporary denture to clip over the implants, the jaw will take several weeks to heal. During this time, the jawbone fuses to the titanium posts or screws, a process called osseointegration. Once the area is sufficiently healed, your temporary arch is replaced with a permanent, fixed dental arch. Small clips or posts called abutments are attached to the implants, and the arch is attached.
Other Types of Dental Implants
Full arch dental implants replace a complete row of upper or lower teeth. If you are missing only one tooth, a few teeth, or several teeth but want to preserve your remaining teeth, there are other options.
Single Tooth Dental Implants
A single tooth dental implant can replace a missing tooth without damaging the remaining adjacent teeth. We may do single tooth implants when only one or two teeth are missing. A single tooth implant features a titanium post or screw to replace the missing tooth’s root. It is attached to a crown. The crown is an individual artificial tooth crafted of porcelain, metal, ceramic, resin, or porcelain over gold. Working with your General Dentist, a crown is secured to the implant and abutment after the surgical site has healed sufficiently.
Multiple Tooth Dental Implants
If you are missing several teeth, multiple teeth implants are an alternative to bridges or partial dentures. For a dental restoration of two or three missing teeth in a row, we may place two implants, one at either end of the missing row. A row of attached crowns is attached, with the implants supporting them on each end.
Full arch dental implants are the only permanent solution for replacing a complete row of missing teeth. If your teeth are severely damaged and cannot be salvaged, full mouth dental implants can restore your ability to fully enjoy eating, talking, and smiling without embarrassment. Contact us at 951-600-7457 or use our online form to schedule an evaluation by Dr. Lee or Dr. Pulsipher.