What Is Full Arch on Implant?
Hi! I’m Dr Michael Cai, the principal dentist here at Pitt St Dental Centre in Sydney CBD.
Last Thursday, I spoke with one of our long-term patients, Rebecca from Cremorne. She asked me about her dad having a lot of teeth that are missing.
She said, “Hey Michael, My dad has a lot of missing teeth and a few that are just wobbly, and I’ve heard of this procedure called a full arch on implants, but I don’t know much about it. I don’t know whether it’s suitable for him. Can you share with me what’s that about?”
This was a great topic, especially for my adult patients who have a lot of missing teeth, so I decided to make a short video about it.
Full Arch on Implants is an absolute game-changer, especially for those suffering from terminal dentition or reliant on dentures.
You might be wondering, ‘What’s terminal dentition?’ Well, it refers to teeth that have been excessively repaired, frequently infected, or are so mobile they cannot be effectively treated or even worth saving using conventional dental treatments. In other words, these teeth have hopeless or poor prognosis. That’s where the Full Arch on Implants comes in.
This procedure can potentially be transformative for many patients; it delivers an immediate, fixed solution. Imagine walking into your dentist’s office with severely damaged teeth or no teeth, and leaving the next day with an almost perfect, functional, and good-looking set of teeth. Sound incredible, right?
Now, you might be asking, ‘Does this mean extraction and implantation in one go?’ Well, in most cases, that’s exactly what it means. Before we even perform the surgery, meticulous planning goes into how the final teeth will look, feel, and bite. Following this, surgical templates are created.
The procedure is typically carried out under IV sedation, and involves removing the existing teeth and placing anywhere between four to eight implants per arch.
This set is affixed to the implants, meaning you could literally be enjoying a meal the day after your surgery! Initially, the teeth we install are temporary, allowing the implants to fuse with your gums and bone.
After three to four months, once the gum and bone have fully healed around the implants, it’s time to start crafting your final set of teeth.
And that’s it! The process of Full Arch on Implant may seem daunting. But, it’s an absolute game-changer for many patients because they are a lot more comfortable and easier to care for and function like natural teeth.
So, if you have been looking for a permanent solution to replace your dentures, full arch on implants might be the right solution for you. Here at Pitt St Dental Centre, we have done thousands of these procedures over the years.
We also offer flexible payment options and can assist you with the early release of your super to fund your dental treatment, so you can get the treatment you need faster.
Simply call us on 02 9223 4767, complete the booking form on our website, or send us a DM on social media, and we’ll be in touch to help you organise your smile consultation. See you in the next video.
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