With advances in dental technology, people who have lost or are soon to lose all their teeth in the upper or lower jaw now have an alternative to removable dentures. Full arch replacement provides comfort and stability with a fixed bridge attached to dental implants anchored in the jawbone. Implant supported teeth look and function like natural teeth and provide important oral health benefits for the patient.
At the practice of Niloufar Molayem, D.D.S. in Pasadena, Dr. Eric Cho performs full arch replacement implant procedures for patients who have lost their teeth to decay, injury, or periodontal disease. Dr. Molayem and Dr. Cho practice integrated, conservative dentistry, using the least aggressive methods possible, with a focus on the well-being of the entire patient.
What Is Full Arch Replacement?
In full arch replacement, a full jaw of teeth can be replaced with dental implants and fixed bridges for a stable, aesthetic, long-term solution. With state-of-the-art implant systems today, a minimum number of implants are required to support the maximum number of teeth – a full arch of the upper or lower jaw. This cutting-edge technology has life-changing benefits for many people. It provides a solution that is comfortable, secure, and reliable, unlike removable dentures.
Full Arch Replacement Procedure
In the first phase of the procedure, Dr. Cho will surgically place five implants in the jawbone. Dental implants are titanium posts that fuse to the jawbone and function like tooth roots to hold a replacement tooth or bridge securely in place.
The implants are left in place for up to several months to give them time to fully integrate within your jaw. Temporary teeth are attached so you can eat and function normally during this healing period. The next step is to fit and securely install the bridge onto the implants. Your new teeth will look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
Benefits of Full Arch Replacement
In addition to comfort, convenience, and reliability, full arch replacement can have significant health benefits for men and women who have lost their teeth. Implants stabilize and stimulate the surrounding bone, preventing the loss of jawbone volume and density. Implant-supported teeth allow normal function of the jaws, nerves, muscles, and joints and make it possible to eat, chew, speak, laugh, kiss, and smile normally. They also restore support to the mouth, lips, and facial structures for a more youthful and attractive appearance.
A fixed bridge attached to dental implants has many advantages over removable dentures:
- Your replacement teeth are not taken in and out of your mouth or attached with adhesives.
- There is none of the discomfort and insecurity associated with dentures.
- You are able to eat and function as through your replacement teeth were natural teeth.
- Bone loss is prevented and your facial structure is preserved.
- It is a stable, long-term solution that can last a lifetime for many people.
If you have lost all your teeth in the upper or lower jaw, or your remaining teeth will soon need to be extracted, full arch replacement may be the right solution for you. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Eric Cho at the dental practice of Niloufar Molayem, D.D.S. to find out if you are a candidate for this procedure.