What are full-mouth dental implants? Even though the name may make you think of dentures, this is an entirely different dental device. If you have missing teeth, take a look at what you need to know about full-mouth dental implants.
What Is An Implant?
A dental implant replaces a missing tooth. A single implant is a system that creates one prosthetic (or fake) tooth. Even though the tooth is not real, it looks and acts like it is. The system includes an anchor or post that bonds with the natural bone in your jaw, a connector (called an abutment), and a crown or prosthetic tooth. The anchor sits under the gum line and takes the place of the tooth's root. After it fuses to your jawbone, it becomes a permanent part of your mouth.
What Is A Full Mouth Implant?
As the name implies, this type of implant includes a full mouth or set of teeth. Like a single implant, the full mouth option includes a post or anchor that must fuse with the jaw bone. It also includes an abutment and prosthetic. But unlike a single implant, one single crown won't cap the tooth-replacement device. Instead, you will need full bridges or permanent dentures that connect to the abutments.
Some types of full mouth implants rely on a few spaced anchors and abutments—and won't have individual posts for each tooth. The bridge or dentures attach to the anchors at specific points in the mouth. This creates a strong, permanent dental structure. Even though the prosthetic is sometimes called a denture, it isn't removable. While traditional dentures can come out of your mouth to clean or you could remove them when you sleep, implanted dentures will remain where the dentist places them.
Why Should You Get A Full-Mouth Implant?
Whether you have gaps in your mouth from an injury, infection (dental decay or gum disease), or extractions, you need to replace your natural teeth. A full-mouth system will give you back a sparkling smile. The aesthetic impact can improve self-esteem and make you feel confident in your appearance.
Beyond the cosmetic issues that implants can correct, a full mouth system can also correct the functional problems missing teeth create. Not only does a full set of teeth impact your appearance, but it can also help you to eat easily and speak clearly. Failure to replace missing teeth could also lead to shifting or movement in any remaining teeth.
I grew up in a home with parents who did not insist on good dental hygiene. By the time I was old enough to know better, some damage had already been done. I had many cavities, crooked teeth, and some discoloration on my teeth. I knew it would not be easy to take my smile from where it was to where it is today, but I was determined to finally have nice teeth. I visited a dentist who was very nice and never judged me. We made a dental plan together. Spreading the procedures out over time made it much easier to afford them. I now have almost perfect teeth after all that hard work! I created this blog to help others who have dental problems that stem from bad childhood habits know there is hope! It is never too late to start seeing the dentist!