Benefits of Full Mouth Dental Implants
For many of us, tooth loss will be inevitable at some point during our lifetime. In fact, studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest that as many as 69% of adults aged between 35 and 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth. More shockingly, they believe that by 50 years of age, most Americans will have lost an average of 12 permanent teeth.
The reasons for tooth loss can vary, but most cases are attributed either to poor dental hygiene resulting in severe decay or periodontal disease, or trauma to the mouth. As you can probably imagine, the effects of multiple tooth loss can be devastating. A smile is considered to be one of our most attractive features, and so any deviation from society’s interpretation of ‘perfect’ teeth can have consequences for our confidence and self-esteem. People who dislike their smile may find that they avoid social functions, eating in public and when they do have to speak to others, they cover their mouths with their hands. More importantly, the function of your teeth is dramatically compromised, and you may find it difficult, if not impossible, to bite and chew properly. Your speech may also be affected as our tongue needs to push against our teeth in various ways to help us form sounds.
Fortunately, dental innovation means that it is no longer necessary to live with the effects of multiple tooth loss. Dental implants are now well known as a solution for single or several missing teeth. However, it is now possible to restore entire upper or lower arches of teeth that are missing or require extraction.
What are Full Mouth Dental Implants?
As their name suggests, full mouth dental implants are a way of restoring a whole arch of missing teeth in just one procedure. They are also an increasingly popular alternative to conventional dentures.
Each complete arch is custom-designed specifically so that the prosthetics look completely natural, their size, shape and color agreed with you ahead of production. The prosthetics are then mounted on to a fixed bridge, which is in turn placed on to a number of titanium posts that have been pre-inserted into your jaw bone. This unique design makes dental implants extremely secure.
Once in place and you are used to your new teeth, your dental implants will look and feel just like regular ones.
Benefits of Full Mouth Dental Implants
Full mouth dental implants have a number of benefits over dentures, which has long been the conventional solution for multiple missing teeth.
Permanent and Secure
Unlike dentures which are secured using adhesive paste, dental implants are a permanent solution. There is no need to remove them to enjoy certain foods, nor to clean your teeth. They are also extremely secure which means that you do not need to worry about them slipping or moving around in your mouth, causing a potentially embarrassing scenario.
Dental implant prosthetics are well known for offering the most natural-looking alternative to real teeth. Each set is custom-designed to fit perfectly with any remaining teeth, and in a shade that is both realistic and attractive.
While the design of dentures has improved over the last few decades, they are still renowned for rubbing against patient’s gums and other soft tissue in the mouth. Dental implants are secured in place and cannot move, so there is no friction to worry about.
No Compromises or Worries
People who wear dentures often find themselves avoiding certain foods that are sticky or hard, for fear of pulling their dentures loose. They may also feel self-conscious when they cough, sneeze or laugh, worried that their dentures may slip out of place. Dental implants are completely stable so there is no need to fret about discretion - they won’t budge, not even a millimeter.
Dental implants have the highest success rate of any surgically implanted device – dental or medical!
Fix Your Smile with just One Procedure
Full mouth dental implants offer you the opportunity to receive a state-of-the-art smile with just one procedure. There is no need for an entire treatment program, and a couple of visits should be sufficient to get your new smile in place and beaming brightly.
With care and attention, dental implants have been shown to be capable of lasting upwards of twenty years, more than double the average lifespan of a set of dentures!
If you are missing a whole heap of teeth and are considering full mouth dental implants, contact us and our dentist would be delighted to give you more information about the benefits of this type of restorative dental treatment.