Major Dental Clinics

Dentist Milwaukee & Chicago Dental Specialists Group

All Teeth Implants

Introduction

Missing all teeth can have negative effects on your confidence, social opportunities, and others’ perception of you. In addition, leaving missing teeth untreated often leads to tooth shifting, bone and gum deterioration, and a collapse of the face. This may cause patients to experience wrinkles, sagging skin, and other signs of premature aging. Implant bridges are a great option for patients who are missing all of their teeth, and wish not to have a removable partial denture. They are designed to restore the patients form and function of their natural teeth.

 

If you have experienced any of the following symptoms, you may be a candidate for All Teeth Implants:

  • Missing more than 6 teeth in one arch
  • Teeth are worn, broken, chipped, or cracked
  • You have a collapsed bite
  • Terminal gum disease (periodontal disease)
  • History of acid reflux disease
  • History of congenitally missing teeth
  • History of trauma
  • Looking to restore full function and aesthetics of teeth

What are Implants?

A dental implant is a titanium screw similar to that used by orthopedic surgeons. The fixture is allowed stay under the gum for approximately 4 to 6 months which facilitates bone to implant bonding. The process of bone covering the implant surface, called “osseointegration”, makes the screw solid enough for us to use it as tooth. The key element of osseointegration is the fact that the fixture must not move within the bone in order to allow for bone to implant bonding. Once healing process is complete, a permanent porcelain crown can be fitted.

What procedures are available to me?

When patients are missing all of their teeth, there are a number of treatment options that your Major Dental Clinics specialist will discuss with you. While not all of your teeth will need implants, between four to eight implants are required to restore an arch. The number of implants necessary depends on the patient’s unique situation. With all implant systems, the differences are in the number of implants used, the distribution of implants, and the materials used for the tooth restoration.

For patients who have thin, posterior bone, the All-On-4 (an arch placed on 4 implants) implant system is used. This is because the thickest and healthiest bone is located towards the front of the patients’ mouth, so the implants are angled to take advantage of this. One the other hand, if the patient has uniform levels of bone all around, thick or thin, then the All-on-6 (an arch placed on 6 implants) implant system is used. Be sure your dental specialist explains, in detail, what type of procedure is ideal for your unique situation!

Conclusion

If you are missing all, or most, of your teeth, there is no better option than All Teeth Implants. Consult with your Major Dental Clinics prosthodontist in order to find out whether you are a candidate for dental implants and what implants are best suited for you. Click here to set up a complimentary consultation.