Full-arch teeth replacement, or full-arch implants, represents a family of procedures meant to replace a number of missing or damaged teeth. Full-arch implants are an excellent choice for patients when all (or nearly all) of their top or bottom (or both) dentition is gone or beyond repair. These procedures, such as All-on-4 and All-on-6, are modern alternatives to traditional dentures. In fact, some of the many names for these treatments hint at their parentage, such as permanent dentures and implant dentures.
But make no mistake, these are not your grandparents’ false teeth! No bare gums, slipping, clicking, or clacking. Just an excellent, stable teeth-replacement that looks and feels like natural teeth. Dr. Salha offers a variety of teeth replacement options for patients at his Manhattan and Queens offices, including implant bridges for patients who don’t quite need full teeth replacement and crowns for those who prefer individual replacement teeth over a single prosthesis (depending on teeth and bone health).
What Are Full-Arch Implants?
Instead of resting on your gums like traditional dentures, full-arch implants are surgically anchored to the jaw and fuse with the bone. Most patients will be able to wear a beautiful temporary prosthesis for the few months that it can take for the jawbone to fully incorporate the implant. Once the jawbone has healed and fused to the implant, Dr. Salha will attach your final customized teeth replacements to the implants.
Full-Arch Implants Versus Traditional Dentures
Traditional dentures are known for instability, slipping and sliding when wearers chew or speak. Implant teeth replacement, on the other hand, will never let you down because they become a real part of your smile. While traditional dentures, which need to be removed overnight for cleaning, can be inconvenient and uncomfortable, implant dentures stay in your mouth and always feel and look natural.
Another advantage of implant dentures is jawbone stimulation. Traditional dentures don’t put the right kind or amount of pressure on the wearer’s jawbone, which eventually leads to bone loss. Full-arch implants, however, place even pressure on the jawbone to prevent deterioration. This preserved bone structure both maintains a youthful facial shape and prevents further tooth loss.
All-on-4 and All-on-6
Dr. Salha will work with you to determine the exact right treatment, and the current technology affords you many options, but the most common full-arch teeth replacement procedures are All-on-4 and All-on-6.
Dr. Salha is very thorough and will take all the time you need to explain each procedure step-by-step. He’ll address the treatment process, what you can expect during healing, and any questions you may have.
All-on-4 is the go-to treatment for a person missing all or most of the teeth on either or both dental arch(es). They may have significant bone loss due to gum disease, decay, or the amount of time that’s passed since tooth loss.
For a full mouth restoration, Dr. Salha will surgically place a total of four implants, and once they’re healed, you’ll get custom teeth replacements. If there is in fact significant bone loss, the teeth replacement will include additional height to replace the bone structure and restore the shape of your face. That additional portion will be matched to your gums and looks totally natural.
Not every All-on-4 patient needs a teeth-and-gums replacement. If bone loss is minimal, then a simple teeth replacement that either snaps or screws onto the implants will suffice. Again, the teeth replacement will look like your own teeth.
All-on-6 and All-on-x
All-on-6 starts with a total of six implants and may be a better option, depending upon bone health. Otherwise, the procedure is similar to All-on-4: Once the implants are fused to the jaw bone, you’ll get a teeth replacement that locks permanently in, by either screwing or snapping into place. The latter can be removed for cleaning, while a prosthesis that screws in will be brushed and cleaned inside your mouth just like your natural teeth and never need to be removed.
All-on-x represents custom scenarios that you and Dr. Salha will discuss at your consultation if needed. You may receive 7, 8, 9, etc. implants if your situation calls for it.
Dr. Salha cares deeply about continuity of care. As such, all required oral surgery for the teeth-replacement process is performed in-house, including extractions and implant placement. We’ll take care of everything right here.
Our team feels strongly that implant dentures can make a huge difference in the lives of patients who have suffered with uncomfortable and unreliable dentures. Or, better yet, maybe we can spare you ever having to know what that’s like. If you have questions about the ultimate smile replacement method, call our friendly team today. BOOK NOW