Full-arch implants are an alternative to traditional dentures. They are attached to a set of 4-6 dental implants. These implants function as artificial tooth “roots,” and are secured to your gums and jaw.
This makes full-arch dentures a lot more stable than traditional dentures. If you’re missing most or all of your teeth but you want a long-lasting, natural-looking solution for restoring your smile, full-arch implants from Dr. Tori and Dr. Luis Mariusso are a great choice. Contact Confident Smiles & Implants today to schedule a consultation.
To begin the process, you will need to visit our office for an appointment with Dr. Tori or Dr. Luis Mariusso. They will take a 3D x-ray of your face and jaw, examine your mouth, and determine if full-arch implants are right for you. Sometimes, pre-surgery treatments like tooth extractions, bone grafts, and other surgeries are required before you can get full-arch implants in Farragut.
At your next appointment, your full-arch implants will be placed. Dr. Tori or Dr. Luis will clean your teeth and apply local numbing and sedation to keep you comfortable. Then, they will create an opening in the gums and jaw, and a metal implant will be placed in the area. The area will be sanitized and stitched shut, and this process will be repeated for each implant.
After your appointment, you’ll be sent home with a temporary set of dentures to protect your dental implants. You’ll need to follow the recovery instructions provided to you by Dr. Tori or Dr. Luis. Initial healing will take only a few weeks, but it will take up to 6 months for the implants to bond with your jaw. As you heal, you’ll visit Confident Smiles & Implants for a few follow ups so we can make sure you’re healing properly and we can begin building your permanent dentures. Once your mouth is fully healed, a set of implant-supported dentures will be attached to your implants to restore your smile.
After you lose your teeth, your jaw bone will start to deteriorate because it’s no longer being stimulated by biting and chewing. This will happen even if you get traditional dentures. But this is not the case with full-arch implants. The implants will stimulate your jaw bone as you chew and bite, preventing bone loss and keeping your jaw bone healthy and strong.