Losing your natural teeth is never desirable, but fortunately modern dentistry offers alternatives. One of the options that many patients find is right for them is known as full mouth dental implants. Read on to learn everything you need to know about this type of dental implant.
What Are Full Mouth Dental Implants?
Full mouth dental implants involve inserting four to six implants along the upper or lower jawline. These implants serve as the anchor for a dental plate that will remain permanently in place. This is different from individual implants that are inserted into each vacant socket left after you lose your natural teeth. You can expect the plates to last for years and possibly the rest of your life. Full mouth dental implants can also be known as all on four or all on six implants. Whatever the name, the solution is the same.
What Are the Benefits?
Full mouth dental implants come with a number of key benefits, including:
- You can brush and clean them just like real teeth
- They never have to be removed
- No need for messy denture adhesive
- No gum irritation because they don’t rub against the gum tissue
- No sunken look that often comes with dentures
There are many other advantages that may apply to specific patients. A dental professional can tell you of the benefits that will apply in your case.
How Long Do They Take to Fit?
The process for fitting full mouth dental implants takes less time than inserting individual implants. On average, it takes 2.5 hours to install the implants and attach the plate to an upper or lower jaw. This translates into a total of around five hours to give you a new set of teeth, compared to the weeks or months that would be involved in getting a full set of individual implants.
Will They Look Like the Real Thing?
Full mouth dental implants are designed to look like a perfectly proportioned set of real teeth. Even the material used for the plates is tinted to ensure the hue is a natural shade of white. No one will know the difference unless you choose to tell them.
Will They Feel Comfortable?
Many patients report that their implants are so comfortable that they sometimes forget they’re not real teeth. The potential for soreness is minimal, and the general upkeep only involves daily dental hygiene and an annual dental check-up.
Why Are Temporary Plates Used When the Implants Are Installed?
On the day of the procedure, you’ll receive a set of temporary denture plates that need to be worn while your permanent ones are being made. While these won’t be fully customized to fit your mouth, they will be functional and comfortable. Over the next days or weeks, a set of custom plates will be prepared. One more trip will be all it takes to remove the temporary plates and install the custom ones in your mouth, giving you a brand new set of realistic looking teeth.