Full Mouth Dental Implants
Alternative to dentures: Full Mouth Dental Implants
Understanding what full mouth dental implants are, the process of placing them, and what to expect after they are in your mouth will help you decide if this is the best solution for you.
Dental Implants – The Permanent Alternative to Dentures
Dentures can be a low-cost way to replace missing teeth, but they aren’t right for everyone. Many people report they can be uncomfortable, cause soreness in the gums, change the way food tastes, and even change how users sound when speaking. Not only that, they also find their dentures move while they are speaking, which can be embarrassing.
Gum disease can be a side effect of dentures when they are not well taken care of because food, bacteria and plaque can collect underneath the dentures. For those who aren’t replacing all their teeth with dentures may end up needing to because they can quickly decay due to the dentures.
Dentures aren’t all that bad though. Millions of people use them every single day without difficulty. It truly depends on the type of dentures and how well they are cared for by the user and the dentist during routine dental appointments.
The truth of the matter is that they do require a decent amount of effort to care for and the perils that come along with movement are not completely accepted by some people. That’s when they decide to seek out full mouth dental implants.
About Full Mouth Dental Implants
Full mouth dental implants are for you if you want to replace all your teeth with a permanent solution. Artificial teeth that look like your natural ones are implanted into the jawbone. Only the most experienced dentists, called prosthodontists, are able to perform this type of treatment because as you can imagine, it is extensive.
- Restores the mouth’s full range of function
- Provides comfort when eating and speaking
- No foods are off limits like with dentures
- Jawbone maintains its volume and density
- Fills out the mouth area for a youthful appearance
The cosmetic benefits of dental implants cannot be denied. When a person loses all their teeth, it’s common for their jaw to droop, which can make the face look older. Dental implants prevent facial drooping because the structure of the jaw continues to be stimulated with the implants and that is what keeps it strong and healthy, keeping the jaw area lifted.
The Dental Implants Process
Implants look like screws or cylinders. They are placed into the jawbone. After they are placed, it takes two to six months for them to fuse together. This forms anchors for attaching the artificial teeth. Don’t worry; while you are waiting for your teeth, you will have a temporary set of teeth to wear.
The second step to the process is to uncover the screws to have the extensions attached. Healing caps are placed on them and then various connecting devices are used to attached crowns to them. This is the foundation of where your artificial teeth will be placed.
After two weeks, the artificial teeth are placed on the implants.
Gold/porcelain combination and acrylic artificial teeth are available to have implanted. The gold/porcelain combination have been used for the longest time, and many dentists and patients prefer them over others. Acrylic is the least expensive, but they are not as strong as the gold/porcelain, which means breakage is much more possible.
One of the most common questions people have about getting dental implants is if they are painful. The answer is no. When patients are asked about their degree of discomfort during the process of having their dental implants put in, most of them report a 3 or less on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being unbearable pain. Tylenol or Ibuprofen is often recommended before the procedures to help alleviate any discomfort felt, and for people with low a pain threshold Tylenol #3 may be prescribed to help.
It is crucial to understand that getting dental implants is a surgical procedure. Since it is surgery, the dentist will review your medical and dental histories to determine if you are a candidate for it. This can reduce the risks of complications.
For the discomfort after the procedure, most patients report inflamed gums is the worst they experienced. This is often controlled with pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications.
How to Prepare for Dental Implants
Most prosthodontists provide consultations to people who are interested in full mouth dental implants. They want to answer all their questions thoroughly, so they can be highly satisfied with the outcome of their investment in their oral health and beauty.
Factors Affecting the Cost of Dental Implants
Dental insurance companies often do not pay for dental implants since they are mostly chosen due to the cosmetic benefits rather than the oral ones since dentures are less expensive. This means patients are responsible for the total out of pocket expense.
The factors that affect the cost of dental implants include:
- The materials used for the artificial teeth and
- The condition of the jaw bone
The condition of the jawbone matters because if it is not strong enough to support the implants, grafting procedures may need to be performed. This will help make the jawbone strong enough to support the anchors.
The average cost of a full mouth of dental implants is over $60,000. Many patients find this amount to be reasonable when considering the lifetime benefits of preserving their smile and comfort they receive from them.
How to Care for Full Mouth Implants
You will need to take care of your implants in the same way natural teeth are cared for to maintain good oral health. They must be brushed and flossed every single day after every meal. Routine dental appointments twice a year is also important.
The better you care for your implants, the fewer issues (or none at all) you will have with them.
How to Make the Decision Full Mouth Dental Implants Are for You
If you have the financial means to have full mouth dental implants, the next step in making the decision is to decide if you want a permanent solution to replacing your teeth. People who choose dental implants do not want to use dentures. They may have used dentures in the past or they simply researched and talked to people with them and have decided it’s not for them.
Take some time to think about what you want from your oral device. If what you want falls in line with what a full mouth dental implant solution provides, you know it’s the best choice for you.
Contact Us for Full Mouth Dental Implants in Baltimore
Ready to learn more about full mouth dental implants? Contact Maryland Prosthodontic Associates now for an appointment at 443-519-5293. We would love to tell you more about this way to replace missing teeth to give you back a beautiful smile and good oral health. Our prosthodontics office in Baltimore is conveniently located at Physician Pavilion West in Suite 601.
We look forward to helping you find the best solution for missing teeth.