Full Arch Replacement
Full Arch Replacement in Scottsdale, AZ
Teeth in a Day
For those patients that have endured a lifetime of extensive dental treatment, there may come a time when they just decide they're done with fixing the same teeth over and over again. Some people have teeth with weak enamel, and no matter how many times a tooth is crowned, it decays from underneath. These patients don't want removable dentures, for a multitude of reasons, and are looking for another option. This is where implant supported dentures come in. These dentures are fully supported by the implants. They contact the gum tissue, but lightly, so there are no "sore spots", as with traditional dentures that rest on top of the gum tissue.
This type of procedure involves removal of all of the teeth on the same day, and walking out of the office with artificial teeth!
Dr. Blazer has partnered with AzPerio and Wiand dental lab to be able to offer this valuable service. Watch this short video that describes how the process work.
COURSE OF TREATMENT
INSTALLING THE FIXED BRIDGE– STEP-BY-STEP
The course of treatment described here is one of several options available. Consult your dentist to find out what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition.
|1: Before the procedure
The dentist determines what needs to be done and prepares both himself and the patient for the coming treatment procedure.
|2: Installing the implants
The first step is installing dental implants to replace the lost tooth roots. In this case, five implants are used. Temporary teeth are attached that enable you to eat and function like normal while waiting for the permanent bridge to be installed.
|3: Attaching the bridge
The final bridge is securely installed on top of the implants. With a full jaw replacement like this, it normally takes 2-3 visits to have the bridge completely attached.
|4: End result
Your new teeth should be hard to tell from natural – both for you and others. People who have had traditional dentures before getting a fixed bridge often describe this as an overwhelming and very positive experience.
ALTERNATIVES TO A FIXED BRIDGE
An alternative to a fixed bridge is a removable overdenture, which is anchored on implants. The old fashioned denture has many disadvantages and should be avoided if possible.
Removable, implant anchored overdenture
A removable full denture that is connected to either a ball or bar attachment, which in turn is anchored on two or more implants in the front part of the jaw.
The implants help keep the denture in place and provide better function and comfort. Cost is usually the reason why this solution is chosen over a fixed bridge – although the end result can’t be compared.
Removable full denture
A denture that is loosely placed on top of the gum to cover the lost teeth. This alternative has no real advantages – except for its low price and easy installation.
The disadvantages are many: discomfort in eating, poor esthetics, affected speech, and sore gums from denture movement. Moreover, a full denture placed in the upper jaw severely reduces the sense of taste.