All-On-6 Dental Implants in San Diego
If you have missing or damaged teeth due to injury or decay, replacing them as soon as possible will prevent further oral health issues, including the slow deterioration of your jawbone. The best way to replace missing teeth is with dental implants, which act as an anchor in your jawbone and look, feel and function just like natural teeth. For people who need a full arch or full mouth of teeth replaced, All-On-6 Dental implants use just a few implants to restore smiles.
What are All-On-6 Dental Implants?
All-On-6 implants are ideal for people who are missing a large number of teeth, or have severe decay in most of their teeth. Using just six titanium screws to anchor a row of prosthetic teeth to the gumline, All-On-6 implants restore a full set of functional teeth. Unlike dentures, All-On-6 Dental Implants do not require any adhesives. They don’t slip or become ill-fitting over time, and most importantly, they prevent the deterioration of the jawbone, which occurs when there is no natural or artificial tooth root in place. Dental implants also look more natural and function much better than dentures or other tooth replacement options.
The team at University Dental in San Diego specializes in dental implants of all kinds, and below we explain everything there is to know about All-On-6 dental implants. If you are interested in learning more about All-On-6 dental implants or would like to request a consultation, contact us today by calling (619) 582-4224.
Who can have complete dental implants?
Most adult dental patients who are healthy for surgery can get a full set of dental implants, although if the teeth have been missing for a period of time, jawbone density might already be affected. As a result, the patient may require more than 6 implants, or a bone grafting procedure may be needed prior to the implant surgery. Also, if the patient has gum disease, it will need to be treated before surgery.
All-On-6 Dental Implants Procedure
The first step in securing All-On-6 dental implants is to place the six dental implants. Our dental implant specialist Dr.Hage will choose six different locations for dental implants, strategically placing the implants to best secure the remaining replacement teeth.
The All-On-6 Dental Implant procedure requires a significant investment in time and healing, but it is more than worth it. Well before the procedure:
- Dr.Hage will take 3D images of your jaws to plan out the surgical procedure and fabricate a set of temporary teeth to use during the healing process.
- During the procedure, Dr.Hage will make incisions in the gumline and strategically insert the titanium screws, which will be covered with healing caps that help the screws fuse to your jawbone.
- He will attach a temporary prosthetic to use while the fusing and healing process takes place.
- After the implants have healed – which can take anywhere from 3-6 months – you will get your permanent, custom-fabricated new set of teeth.
Recovery After Getting a Whole Set of Dental Implants
On the day of your surgery, you’ll need to take the day off from work and arrange for transportation to and from the dentist, but most patients are able to return to work the next day.
As with any oral surgery, you can expect some minor pain and discomfort after dental implant surgery. If over-the-counter pain medication isn’t enough, Dr.Hage can offer a prescription for stronger pain relievers. You will also be prescribed an antibiotic to prevent infection, and it’s a good idea to use an antimicrobial mouthwash for the first week or so after surgery as well.
What is the success rate for full mouth implants?
Dental implants can last for decades if cared for properly, and studies have shown a success rate of over 90% after 15 years of use. The success rate after surgery is closer to 98%, with the 2% reflecting rare cases when the implants failed to fuse to the jawbone. Treating implants like natural teeth and maintaining a good oral health routine of brushing, flossing, and regular checkups at the dentist will ensure you get the maximum longevity out of your dental implants.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of full mouth implants?
The main advantage of full mouth implants?restoring your full, bright smile?is priceless, but there are many other advantages to All-On-6 Dental Implants, including:
- They look, feel and function just like natural teeth
- They prevent future bone loss
- They allow you to eat a wider variety of foods compared to dentures and other tooth replacement options
- They are easier to maintain than dentures and bridges
- They don’t cause slipping or speech problems common with dentures
When it comes to disadvantages to dental implants, there are a few, though most are fairly minor. First, the lengthy healing time and multiple visits to the dentist are somewhat inconvenient. Also, you must be extremely careful not to place significant pressure on the temporary prosthesis during the healing/fusing process, which could affect the implants’ integration with the bone. And lastly, dental implants are the most expensive option for tooth replacement upfront, but because they last so long?in contrast with dentures and bridges which must be replaced after several years?they are the most cost-effective option in the long-term.