Full mouth dental implants are an excellent procedure for those who are in the process of losing or have lost roughly half of their teeth. It is also a procedure that can be used for those with advanced periodontal disease.
Your remaining teeth are extracted for full mouth dental implants, and then full arches are attached to at least four implants that are integrated into the jaw bone.
We recommend individual crowns and implants if you have only lost one or a few teeth. If you have healthy teeth and are looking to improve your smile, you will not typically be eligible for a dental implant procedure, and we may encourage you to use braces or veneers to achieve your goals.
There are a variety of complications that could require your to discuss further with your oral surgeon to determine if you are a candidate for full mouth dental implants. While none of these factors automatically disqualify you, they could significantly impact your procedure date, success rate, and location.
When you smoke, you can harm or block your salivary glands. Your mouth requires saliva to fight off harmful bacteria. When you lack saliva in the mouth, you can increase your risk of infection in the jawbone or gums that are needed to support the dental implants.
Additionally, nicotine restricts blood and oxygen flow to your jaw bone while weakening your immune system. This will inhibit the osseointegration process where the dental implants fuse to the jaw bone.
If you smoke, you are at a greater risk of dental implant failure. We recommend that you quit smoking for at least two weeks prior to your dental implant procedure and then stop smoking for at least six months afterward to ensure your implants have time to heal.
Those with moderate bone loss in their jaw can typically still get full mouth dental implants since only four implants are required to support the arch. If you have bone loss in the upper jaw, we can place zygomatic implants to fuse with the zygoma or cheekbone for additional support.
When dental implant procedures are performed, they are typically done under general anesthesia. Research has shown that general anesthesia may have a slight correlation with premature birth, miscarriage, or low birth weight. If your dental implant surgery is considered an essential need and is time-sensitive, it is typically the safest to perform the procedure in the second trimester.
Medical conditions such as stroke, diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, and stroke can all affect your jawbone’s ability to fuse with your dental implants. Certain conditions can also affect how well you are protected against infection while healing and can also put you at high risk while under general anesthesia. A patient with two or three of these health problems may need to have their dental procedures completed at a hospital where they can be bettered monitored.
If you have undergone chemotherapy, you may have experienced jawbone density loss. Without adequate bone density, the implants can fail. If you’ve had chemotherapy in your jaw, neck, or maxillofacial areas, either our oral surgeons or your oncologist can take CT scans to determine your bone density.
The best way to determine your candidacy for full-mouth dental implants is to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified oral surgeons. Our dental implant procedures can help you improve your confidence, oral health, and your quality of life. Contact us today to learn more!