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If you have suffered the loss of all your teeth or have been told that the teeth have a poor prognosis, a full arch restoration supported by dental implants can be used. These have the appearance and function of real teeth. The best choice for replacing multiple missing teeth, this treatment gives you a full, long-lasting set of replacement teeth restoring your confidence and smile.
Full arch restoration is an excellent alternative to a removable or full denture, replacing your missing teeth by using a prosthetic bridge that will be permanently fixed into your upper and/or lower jaw using at least 4-6 dental implants. These implants are then rigidly connected by a metallic bar to increase the rigidity and stability of the implants. The fixed prosthetic bridge is then attached to the metallic bar/implant combination. This makes the treatment more reliable, comfortable and natural than removable dentures, which can be embarrassing and difficult to maintain.
This treatment differs to the all-on-4 treatment as it generally requires at least 4-6 implants to achieve a successful outcome. Full arch restoration is used in cases where there is not enough bone/space in certain areas of the jaw bone to perform an All-on-4 procedure which requires placement of implants in a specific position and angulation. Furthermore, the extra implants are more likely to be able to support a fixed bridge rather than having an implant-supported denture.
Your treatment begins with careful planning to ensure that your jaw is suitable for receiving the implants. This typically involves a CT scan to assess your jawbone structure. Where there is insufficient bone for dental implants to be fitted, we can perform bone grafting using specialist materials that promote bone regeneration. For upper jaw full arch restoration, we can also carry out sinus augmentation surgery if the sinus is found to be limiting the available space for dental implants.
Once your jawbone is ready for treatment, the implants will be placed and following this, a temporary bridge so that you can leave the practice with a new set of teeth on the same day. The temporary bridge will allow you to get used to the new tooth positions, test the speech and assess the aesthetic appearance of the teeth before the final permanent bridge or denture is made. That way any adjustments that need to be made can be incorporated into the final permanent bridge. Once your implants have fully integrated with your jawbone, your permanent bridge will be fixed in place and your smile and confidence restored.
An alternative to a fixed bridge is an over-denture which clips onto the implants and is a flexible cheaper alternative. It works the same way a bridge does but is removable and needs to be cleaned regularly. These tend to be more stable than normal dentures but tend to be slightly bulkier than fixed bridges.
|Full Arch Restoration (per jaw)||from £12,000|