When all or most of the teeth in a person’s mouth are missing, your prosthodontist may recommend full mouth reconstruction or full mouth dental implant procedure to replace them. Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for dentures or bridges so that they look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
Dental implants provide several advantages over other teeth replacement options. In the long term, implants can be easier to maintain than conventional dentures. They look and function like natural teeth, are durable, and are more comfortable and stable than conventional dentures. They have the added benefit of preserving a healthy jawline. When you lose a tooth the bone that previously surrounded its root begins to deteriorate. The can lead to leads to recession of the jawbone and a collapsed, unattractive smile. Dental implants replace some of those roots and integrate with the jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and intact. Full mouth dental implants restore a confident smile and the ability to chew and speak.
Furthermore, dental implants are built to last. Traditional, tooth-supported dental bridges only last five to seven years, and with proper care often more than 10 years, but at some point they may need to be replaced. While dental implants may need periodic adjustments, they can last a lifetime when properly placed and cared for over time.
The Full Mouth Dental Implant Procedure
The placement of the dental implants, especially full mouth dental implants, may require two surgical procedures depending on the remaining bone and soft tissue in the gum area. First, tiny titanium posts are first fitted into the arch of the jaw formerly occupied by the missing teeth. The healing bone bonds with the titanium posts to create a strong foundation for the artificial teeth. The second procedure will uncover the implants and attach temporary healing caps. There are various connecting devices that allow multiple crowns to attach, complete the foundation on which the new teeth will be placed. The gums will be allowed to heal for a couple of weeks following this procedure.
There are some implant systems that do not require this second step. These systems use an implant which already has the extension piece attached. Depending upon the number of implants placed, the connecting device that will hold the new teeth can be tightened down on the implant, or it may be a clipped to a bar or a round-ball anchor to which a denture snaps on and off. Your Miami prosthodontist will created a bridge or full denture specifically designed for your unique needs.