What is Full-arch Replacement?
If you are missing a full arch of teeth either in the upper or lower jaw, or both, there is a permanent solution where you do not have to wear removable dentures. Full-arch replacement involves the insertion of implants to replace the missing teeth. A fixed bridge is then anchored to the dental implants as a permanent solution for a full-arch replacement. The number of implants required will depend on the anatomy of the oral cavity, type of bridge, presence of opposing teeth and number of teeth required to be replaced.
The first step in full-arch replacement is the installation of the implants to replace the lost teeth roots. While the implants heal, your dentist will place a temporary fixed-bridge, which will allow you to smile, chew and speak without the need for removable dentures. When the implants have healed, your dentist will attach the permanent bridge over the implants. This may take a couple of dental visits to complete depending on your condition. With the permanent bridge in place, it is difficult to tell the difference between natural teeth and many patients report extreme satisfaction with the results.