Patients who are missing one or more adult teeth have quite a few different restorative treatments to choose from. That includes full arch (complete) removable implants that will completely restore the form and function of the upper and lower teeth. Various people can benefit from these restorative devices.
The Downside of Removable Dentures
Up until recently, patients who lost adult teeth or had them extracted almost always required removable dentures or bridges. These devices can partially restore one’s smile, but they have some very distinct drawbacks. Not only do they require quite a bit of work to maintain, but many people also find them to be uncomfortable. Another major problem with removable dentures and bridges is that they do nothing to stimulate the nearby soft tissue and bone. Natural teeth actually keep the jaws and gums healthy by constantly stimulating them. Over time, those who are missing adult teeth often suffer from issues such as facial deformations and weakened bones.
Implants have become one of the leading treatment options in recent years, and they can be used to replace either a single missing tooth or a full set of teeth. An implant can be broken down into a few key parts, including the implant rod, abutment and crown. The rod itself is made from a titanium alloy, and it is anchored into the jawline in the space that has been left by the missing teeth. Sitting directly on top of the rod is the abutment, and that small component acts as a saddle for a single crown or fixed denture. Full arch (complete) removable implants typically require four or more rods to fully support the false teeth.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Restorative dentistry is more advanced than ever, but implants are not right for everyone. As a general rule, patients must have relatively healthy gums and bones in order to have implants. That being said, most healthy adults make excellent candidates for this procedure.
What to Expect Regarding the Results
With the proper aftercare and hygiene habits, your new implants could potentially last for decades. These amazing devices look and feel just like real teeth, and you can care for them with nothing more than regular brushing, daily flossing and annual trips to our office.
Make an Appointment Today
Full arch (complete) removable implants may be just what you have been looking for to achieve a healthier, better-looking smile. Talk to the team at Implant Dentistry of Virginia in Virginia Beach to see if these devices are right for you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.