The full mouth implant procedure is performed under conscious sedation to ensure a comfortable procedure. Post operative discomfort is usually mild and can be managed with oral medications. The prosthetic phase of treatment is usually painless.
The treatment time to complete full mouth dental implants can vary depending on the individual. It typically involves multiple stages including implant placement, at least a four month healing period. The overall treatment may take several months after implant healing is complete.
Full mouth dental implants an excellent treatment choice for most patients, however there are some factors which increase patient's risk of failure. These risks include lack of bone density or volume, poor overall health, and smoking. It is important that a potential implant candidate be thoroughly evaluated for potential issues that could shorten the typical long term prognosis.
Traditional dentures rest on and are supported by gum tissue. The upper denture covers the roof of the mouth and some level of suction can be developed for retention. It is generally not possible to develop suction in a lower denture because of the smaller surface area as compared to the upper. Additionally tongue movement tends to upset the denture. Implant-stabilized restorations offer superior chewing ability and are more like natural teeth.
Full mouth dental implants, also known as full arch dental implants or implant supported dentures, are a treatment option for patients who have lost all or most of their natural teeth. This treatment involves a full arch prosthesis that is supported by multiple implants.