Full Arch Immediate Loading Implant FAQs
Q: How many teeth can be replaced with dental implants?
A: With our “All In One” treatment concept an entire arch (upper or lower) or both arches (upper and lower) may be replaced with a beautiful set of new teeth.
Q: What is “All In One” treatment?
A: “All In One” is a treatment concept in which our office works closely with your dentist to provide surgical and restorative treatment as part of one solution. In comparison to other treatments that focus on a reduced number of implants, our treatment focuses on providing a seamless and long-lasting solution for our patients.
Q: How many implants are required to replace my teeth with dental implants?
A: Studies now show that as few as 4 dental implants are satisfactory to help you make the transition to your new set of teeth. That being said, nothing lasts forever in life and we prefer to place at least 6 implants per arch to help ensure long-term success.
Q: Aren’t all dental implants the same?
A: Absolutely not! The cost, quality, and precision of dental implant manufacturing varies widely among implant systems. For almost 40 years our practice has chosen Straumann dental implants because they are the leader in the field of implant dentistry with a proven track record. Straumann has always maintained a high standard of research and development prior to the manufacture of their high precision dental implant products. We are proud to partner with Straumann in bringing the highest quality and most advanced dental implant solutions to our patients.
Q: Can I really get new teeth in 1 day?
A: In our office we utilize a treatment approach that involves the replacement of your natural teeth on day 1 and the insert of a laboratory fabricated, high quality temporary bridge within 24 hours. Although we have an option to perform this step chairside on the first day of treatment, we have found that the quality of your new teeth is much better when fabricated in partnership with a dental laboratory.
Q: Am I able to chew and function normally with my new temporary teeth?
A: Although your new temporary teeth will look great and feel very strong, we will ask you to maintain reduced function and avoid active chewing during the 12 week post-operative phase. The reason for this is to allow bone healing to occur which will strengthen and secure your dental implants. If too much pressure or function is applied to the temporary teeth during the 12 week healing phase then an implant could loosen prematurely.
Q: Will my new teeth be comfortable?
A: Replacement of a full arch of teeth is a major change. You will need time to adjust to the appearance, shape, and position of your new teeth. As a result it is especially important that you avoid any significant function during the 12 week healing period after implant placement. Our team will ask you to return for several re-evaluation appointments to check and adjust your bite, ensure that you are performing optimal oral hygiene, and make sure that you are feeling well with your new teeth.
Q: How long can I wear the new temporary replacement teeth?
A: As the name suggests, your first set of replacement teeth are temporary. Although they are engineered to be strong and highly esthetic, you will need to proceed with a new set of more durable teeth with your dentist soon after the 12 week healing phase. Our office will confirm the stability of your implants at the 12 week time point and then refer you to start the “restorative phase” of your treatment with your dentist.
Q: How much does a full replacement of my teeth cost?
A: Our “All In One” treatment protocol is more efficient compared to traditional, delayed dental implant therapy. Our protocol involves fewer treatment visits, a shorter overall treatment time, and provides more predictable outcomes. As a result we pass on these savings to our patients with a fixed case fee which is significantly more affordable in comparison to traditional dental implant care.
Q: How much pain is involved in the replacement of all of my teeth?
A: We are very happy to say that our patients report very little discomfort following full arch treatment. Despite the extensive nature of this treatment we take a variety of additional precautions to ensure your comfort throughout the wound healing process.