The process of having full mouth, or “full arch,” dental implants replace missing or decaying teeth is essentially a makeover for your mouth. To ensure that your smile makeover goes well as possible, you’ll need at least a few supporting procedures.
Take a look at what you can expect from having dental implants, as well as a few things you may need to anticipate if there’s a chance you’ll need supporting procedures in order to improve your candidacy for dental implants.
Consultations and Supporting Procedures
It could take months before you’re finally ready to have your implants placed. Some of the things you and your dentist will have to tackle during this phase will be exams of your mouth, digital imaging of your teeth and the plotting of the placement of your implants.
You may also need some supporting procedures before you’re ready to have your dental implants placed:
Tooth extractions: if you’ve got decaying teeth, especially those standing in the way of implants, you’ll have to have them pulled. In many cases, tooth extractions can be done on the same day as placement surgery.
Bone grafts: if your jawbone has deteriorated too much, you’ll need bone grafts to rebuild the area and make it a more stable foundation for dental implants. A bone graft will take months to heal.
When you’re finally ready for implant placement, you’ll be given a local anesthetic to numb your mouth and mute any pain. Even for full mouth dental implants, usually eight implants total, the implant placement procedure can typically be done in one appointment.
After your implants have been placed, it’ll take months for the titanium implant posts to fuse with the jawbone. However, you’ll be given a set of realistic look temporary teeth, or permanent dentures in some cases, on the same day you receive the implants. And on that same day, you’ll be able to start enjoying food that had to be stricken from your diet because of past issues with your teeth.
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