Full Arch Dental Implants in Houston, TX
When you are missing all or some of your teeth, your ability to eat, smile, and enjoy life can be dramatically impacted. Full arch dental implants can restore your smile and improve your quality of life if you are missing all or most of your upper or lower teeth. For patients with one or a few teeth, other options may be better, including single tooth implants or multiple implants.
What are Full Arch Dental Implants?
At Houston Oral Surgery Associates, full arch dental implants are among the most popular option for our patients. Full arch implants restore a complete row of missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw. Instead of replacing each tooth with an implant and crown, this procedure uses between four and six titanium implants to support a one-piece permanent denture. Unlike a traditional denture, the full arch does not cover the roof of the mouth and does not require special care. Full arch dental implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
Your surgeon places the implants in the jawbone at intervals designed for maximum support and stability. A temporary denture is provided during this time. Osseointegration, the process of the implants fusing with the jawbone, takes several weeks or months. Once osseointegration is complete, a permanent, full arch of teeth is attached to the implants. We work with your dentist, or can help you find one, to have your prosthesis fabricated
Other Dental Implant Options
Full arch dental implants are often the best choice if you are missing all or most of your teeth, but other options are available:
Single Tooth Dental Implant
If you have lost a single tooth or need one extracted, a single tooth implant replaces the entire tooth. The implant replaces the root with a crown replacing the visible portion.
Multiple Tooth Implants
Multiple tooth implants may be the solution when several teeth are missing, but you do not need a complete arch. Unlike the single tooth implant, a multiple tooth dental implant supports a set of replacement teeth resembling a dental bridge. However, instead of being attached to adjacent teeth like a bridge, the replacement teeth are supported by two or more implants and are not removable.
Benefits of Full Arch Dental Implants
- Beautiful results that are indistinguishable from natural teeth
- Implants prevent the jawbone from deteriorating due to missing teeth roots
- No slipping or clicking, unlike dentures
- Gums and bone will not recede, unlike dentures and bridges
- No need to use denture adhesives or remove dentures at night
- No risk of cavities
- A high success rate (over 95%)
- Implants last a lifetime, with the arch of replacement teeth lasting 20 years or more, if they are properly cared for.
- Easy to care for and maintain
- Preserves facial structure
- Lower maintenance cost
Are You a Candidate for Full Arch Dental Implants?
Any patient in good overall health with healthy gums may be a suitable candidate for full arch dental implants. If you suffer from gum disease or have an infection, these must be resolved before dental implant surgery.
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