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Implant-Supported Full Arch Restorations

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Many people lose their teeth as they age. As a result, some older people have few remaining teeth, making it difficult to speak clearly, eat a wide range of foods, or smile with confidence. 

If you have lost all or most of the teeth of your upper or lower palate, you may be interested in a full-arch restoration. The restorative process often involves the placement of multiple dental implants that serve as a foundation for an implant-supported denture.

Here is a bit of information about full-arch restorations to help you determine if they are right for you.

What Makes You a Good Candidate for the Restoration?

Because the treatment involves the use of dental implants, the jawbone should be healthy and thick enough to support the implantations. Additionally, you should not participate in detrimental habits or have underlying conditions that dramatically increase the risk of implant failure.

As a result, if you are a smoker, your dentist may ask that you refrain from tobacco use, starting a couple of months before the scheduled placement of your implants. Likewise, if you suffer from fluctuations in your blood sugar levels, they may encourage you to stabilize those levels prior to your procedure.

Why Do People Often Prefer a Full-Arch Restoration Over Traditional Dentures?

Although a complete traditional denture can also replace the teeth of an entire palate, a full arch restoration is apt to be more comfortable. It is unlikely to slip about due to implant support.

Denture wearers sometimes use adhesive to help keep their appliances in place, but the devices may still move about, especially if the palate has undergone structural changes due to a loss of jawbone material over time. Full upper dentures are often held primarily in place by the suction created as the devices rest flush against the upper palate. A change in the palate structure results in a loss of suction.

The jawbone requires regular stimulation to remain thick and healthy. Natural teeth provide this stimulation by transferring stimulating bite pressure to the bone, encouraging the development of new bone cells. However, once the teeth are lost, the lack of stimulation may cause the jawbone to atrophy. Dental implants support jawbone health by transmitting bite pressure to the bone as natural teeth do.

If you are missing a large number of teeth and would like to learn more about the restoration of a full arch, schedule a consultation with a dentist in your local area.