Full Arch Restorations –
A Permanent Solution for Missing Teeth
Full arch restorations are a permanent solution for patients who have experienced dental trauma, missing teeth, or other issues that impact the functionality of the mouth. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, nearly 40 million American adults are missing all of their teeth. This can lead to low self-esteem, hinder speaking and eating abilities.
If you have tried partials, dentures, bridges, or single dental implants in the past and they have not resolved your issue, then full arch restorations may be the best next step to improve the quality of your life and self-confidence.
You may need a dental crown for several reasons:
When is a Full Arch Restoration Recommended?
Full arch restorations are a long-lasting solution for multiple missing teeth or failing dentition. When properly cared for, full arch restorations can last a lifetime. You may require a full arch restoration for the following reasons:
What is the Full Arch Restoration Procedure?
Full arch restoration procedure involves a combination of implants, long-span prosthetic teeth, and screws that secure the teeth into the jaw for a long-term, permanent solution. The process takes several sessions to complete. Here’s what to expect at your full arch restorations procedure:
Our dentist, Dr. Sarah, will take X-rays of your teeth and gums. She will take an impression of the mouth, which will be sent to the lab to build an initial temporary prosthetic. You will be referred to a surgeon who will collaborate with Dr. Latterell on implant placement for the full arch restoration.
2. Implant insertion & Temporary Prosthetic placement
Once the temporary prosthetic is ready, a surgical procedure is required to install both the implants and the restoration. This will likely involve sedation. Dr. Sarah will fit the full arch temporary prosthesis onto the new implants. A range of 4-6 implants are typically placed per arch.
It may take up to a week for swelling to stop post-surgery. It is recommended to consume soft foods during this time. Full healing time can take between 3-6 months. Water flossers are recommended for at-home hygiene in order to clean properly under a full arch restoration.
4. Final Prosthetic placement
Once you have healed from the implant insertion, Dr. Sarah will take new impressions to fabricate the final, permanent full arch restoration. Several try-in appointments will be completed to make sure that the final result makes you look and feel your best. Similar to maintaining natural teeth, periodic cleaning appointments will be necessary to maintain the full arch restorations.