Full Mouth Dental Implants Sunshine Coast
Dental implants can be used to give you back your smile and ability to chew if you are missing all of your upper or lower teeth. How is this possible? Multiple dental implants are placed and a custom full arch bridge is then secured to these dental implants. The end dental implant supported bridge is then fixed in place so that it does not come in and out like dentures.
By using dental implants in this manner, at our Sunshine Coast dental practices we can give you back a beautiful smile and as much chewing power as possible.
A solution that has been popularized in recent times for the replacement of a whole arch of missing teeth is the “All On Four” or “All-on-4” technique. A major implant manufacturer and the work of Paolo Malo have popularized this technique in recent times and it has generated a significant amount of media attention. At Avenue Dental we believe each person and their oral condition are an individual matter so we do not believe in a one size fits all approach. Because we offer a 5 year warranty on our dental implants and dental implant crowns we choose to operate in a way backed up by the largest body of evidence with the least risk of complications or failure to you. We believe that an “All-on-4” approach can be the best option for people in some situations but is certainly not the only option or the best option for everyone.
In certain situations, where the remaining teeth are in poor condition or where old dentures are just not working, dental implants can prove to be an excellent treatment option for replacing a whole arch of teeth. Dental implants can be placed into the jaw bone to connect full arch bridge units. The look, colour and shape is customized to each patient’s satisfaction. This provides the support for the facial profile, the ability to chew effectively, and the aesthetics to give us confidence to function every day. As with all implant procedures initial consultation will help to plan how we go about this, using 3D scanning technology to allow streamlined and predictable surgical placement. This process as well as other dental implant procedures has a very predictable history of success, and like all treatment options is dependent on a healthy mouth and healthy lifestyle and maintenance to support it.
Traditionally, when people had lost all of their upper or lower teeth the only option was to have full upper or lower dentures. With full dentures, your chewing ability is restricted to what you can chew with your gums. Generally this equates to about 20% of the biting force of natural teeth. Dentures move around, rub and cause ulcers, can fall out when you eat, speak, drink or laugh, and have to be removed at night to allow the tissues underneath to rest and heal.
Despite these limitations, most people adapt to a full upper denture however most people never get used to their full lower denture. This is because on the upper jaw a full denture covers the whole roof of your mouth so this can be used to generate more suction to hold the denture in place and also to provide more stability. A lower denture in contrast, has a small ridge to sit on and has to contend with a tongue moving around whenever you eat, drink, talk or swallow. Generally, there is very little (if any) suction on a full lower denture and little stability.
To avoid all the complications associated with full dentures, full arch dental implant solutions have become more accessible and predictable for people.
If you are interested in finding out if you may be a candidate for full mouth dental implants call one of our Sunshine Coast dental practices in Caloundra, Kawana or Maroochydore for a free dental implant consultation.