Full Dental Arch Implants Philadelphia
At Laudenbach Periodontics in Philadelphia, we know how traumatizing it is to lose all or some of your teeth. It impacts your quality of life, affecting everything from how well you can eat to your appearance.
If you’ve lost your smile because of missing teeth, we can restore it with full arch dental implants in our Philadelphia office. If you’re missing one or a few teeth, you may also consider a single tooth or multiple tooth dental implant.
What Kinds of Dental Implants are Available?
Dental implants are available for a single missing tooth, several teeth, or a complete set of teeth. After a thorough examination, including x-rays, our doctors will discuss the appropriate options to help you choose the right solution for your dental problem.
Single Tooth Dental Implant
This is the most common and simplest tooth replacement we perform. When a tooth is missing because of illness or a traumatic injury, the surrounding area is affected by the missing tooth. The adjacent teeth will shift out of alignment over time if the space is left empty. The jawbone will also deteriorate if the socket for the tooth root is empty.
A single tooth dental implant starts with implanting a titanium post into the socket of the jaw where there used to be a tooth root. Over several weeks, the jawbone will grow around and fuse to the implant, providing a sturdy base for the new tooth. After the implant is in place, a temporary cap will be put over it.
When the implant and bone are strong and secure, a permanent crown, or artificial tooth, is attached to the implant with a screw. The look and feel are natural and comfortable. It can take between three and six months for the jaw to heal sufficiently for the permanent tooth, but once it is in place it can last a lifetime.
Multiple Tooth Dental Implant
A multiple tooth dental implant is similar to a single tooth implant but replaces more than one tooth. It is especially helpful for individuals who have lost several teeth because it provides a natural look and feel without having to wear a bridge or partial plate. Bridges and plates rely on the surrounding teeth for support, so they aren’t the best solution if more than one tooth is missing.
The procedure for a multiple implant is similar to that for a single implant. Instead of an individual replacement tooth, a custom set of attached teeth, similar to a bridge, is made and attached to abutments. These will screw into the implants, so they are permanent and stable.
Full Arch Dental Implants
Philadelphia residents are increasingly choosing full arch dental implants to replace missing rows of teeth. Rather than implanting individual teeth or a bridge, full arch dental implants use implants and a full, one-piece set of replacement teeth that is attached to the implants at intervals.
Your doctor will surgically insert four to six implants into the jawbone, giving them several weeks to heal. You will wear a set of temporary dentures that clip onto the implants. Once the implants have fused with the surrounding jawbone, your doctor will replace the temporary arch with a complete arch of replacement teeth that is permanently attached to the implants using small metal screws called abutments.
Advantages of Full Arch Dental Implants in Philadelphia
- Improved appearance. Full arch dental implants are indistinguishable from real teeth
- Prevents deterioration of the jaw where a tooth root is missing
- Bridges and dentures can lead to receding gums
- Improper fit or poor adhesion of denture fixative can allow food particles and bacteria to get under the dentures
- Eating some foods is difficult with dentures
- There is no chance of tooth decay
- No damage to surrounding teeth
If you are considering full arch dental implants in Philadelphia, please contact us at 215-985-4337 or request an appointment online. Our staff and doctors will assist you in choosing the best option for a gorgeous smile and dental health.