Full Mouth Restoration with Dental Implants for Improved Oral Health
Dental implants anchor within the mouth, making them the superior option for the replacement of missing teeth.
For those who have extensive dental damage and tooth loss, full mouth restoration with dental implants can help restore oral health. Dr. Robert W. Hessberger offers full mouth restoration with dental implants at our practice, serving the Chicago, IL, area. To find out if full mouth restoration with dental implants is right for you, we invite you to schedule a consultation.
What's Full Mouth Restoration?
Full mouth restoration can include any number of dental treatments and procedures to restore the health, function, and appearance of the teeth for our Chicago patients.
For those missing one, several, or all of their teeth, dental implant treatment is often an ideal solution because it provides secure, natural feeling tooth replacement.
How Are Dental Implants Used in Full Mouth Restorations?
Dental implants may be paired with dental crowns, implant-supported bridges, or implant-supported dentures to replace one or more missing teeth in a full mouth restoration. Dental implants may be used with these restorations in the following ways:
- Dental crowns: For patients missing a single tooth, dental implants can be paired with dental crowns.
- Implant-supported bridges: Those who are missing multiple teeth but still have some healthy teeth remaining may benefit from pairing dental implants with implant-supported bridges.
- Implant-supported dentures: When one or both arches of teeth are missing, implant-supported dentures are a good treatment option for a full mouth restoration. With implant-supported dentures, about four to six implants are placed to anchor the dentures within the mouth.
The Treatment Process for Full Mouth Restoration with Dental Implants
Regardless of which type of restoration is paired with dental implants, the dental implant process for a full mouth restoration follows a similar path. The primary difference is the number of implants placed.
The treatment process begins with a thorough dental exam to assess oral health and X-rays are typically taken to evaluate the jawbone structure.
Before dental implants can be placed, the jaw must be checked to see if it can support implants since prolonged tooth loss can cause the jawbone to dissolve. If the jaw has atrophied, a bone graft may be needed to restore the jawbone before dental implant treatment can proceed.
Placing Dental Implants
Once the jaw can support dental implants, or has healed from a bone graft, the dental implants may be placed.
During the dental implant procedure, a small incision is made in the gums and space is made in the bone where the implant will be placed. If more than one implant is needed, as is often the case with full mouth restoration, the process will be repeated.
Completing Full Mouth Restoration Treatment
The bone must heal before treatment can be completed, which can take several months. In the meantime, a temporary restoration may be placed.
Once the bone has healed and bonded with the dental implants, implant-supported restorations can be placed to complete treatment and restore dental function.
Discover Your Treatment Options
If you would like to learn more about treatment options, including dental implants, to restore your oral health, please call (773) 792-5562 to schedule a consultation at our Chicago practice.