Missing all or most of your teeth can be a challenging experience, as once-easy tasks, such as chewing your food or smiling and speaking with confidence, are no longer as easy as they once were. Our practice in Conway, Arkansas, offers a life-changing solution to restore an entire arch of missing or damaged teeth: full-arch restoration, which replaces an entire upper and lower arch of teeth with a permanent set of beautiful replacement teeth in a single surgical procedure.
Benefits of Full-Arch Restoration
The benefits associated with traditional tooth restoration options, such as bridges or dentures, pale in comparison to the positive changes associated with replacing all of your teeth at once through full-arch restoration. A full-arch restoration utilizes dental implants for support, which offers several advantages to your overall oral health and appearance.
Dental implants promote good oral health and jaw bone stimulation. The jaw bone begins to deteriorate around the missing tooth sites following the loss of teeth. Dental implants stimulate the jaw bone just like your natural teeth would, which fights bone loss and preserves your oral health.
You can start to enjoy your new smile immediately. After implant placement, you will immediately be given a temporary set of replacement teeth, which allows you to enjoy a beautiful arch of teeth while your restorative dentist fabricates your final set of teeth. Once the dental implant sites have healed, your new set of custom-designed teeth will be attached to the dental implants.
Replacing an entire arch in one procedure is cost-effective and minimizes healing time. Full-arch restoration requires fewer dental implants and surgical procedures for placement, resulting in a shorter overall healing period. Maxillary procedures such as sinus lifts and bone grafting can often be avoided as well. Full-arch restoration is incredibly efficient; it can restore an entire arch of teeth with as little as one surgical procedure.
You will be able to speak, smile, laugh, and eat with confidence. Once the dental implant sites heal, you will be able to eat almost anything you like; the foundation of dental implants that supports your new teeth will be extremely secure, so there is no risk of your teeth falling out when you bite something, speak, or laugh. Cosmetic changes can sometimes be addressed with full-arch restoration, such as showing more teeth when smiling, tooth shade, tooth alignment, etc.
The Full-Arch Restoration Treatment Process
Full-arch restoration is preferred by many patients because the treatment process is simple. Full-arch restoration uses four or more dental implants to rebuild your entire arch of missing or damaged teeth. The entire upper or lower arch of teeth are customized to fit your mouth and strongly supported by the dental implant base.
During your initial consultation in our practice, Dr. Collins will complete a thorough examination, take any necessary scans of your jaws and any remaining teeth, and take impressions to create the temporary set of teeth you will receive for the healing period. During your procedure, four or more dental implants will be placed into your mouth. During your recovery period, these implants will fuse directly with your jaw. Your temporary set of teeth attaches to the dental implants following the surgical procedure, allowing you to begin smiling again immediately. Your new set of beautiful permanent teeth will be placed when the dental implants have fully healed and integrated with your jaw bone.
We understand that is can be difficult to select the right restoration option. At Collins Oral & Facial Surgery, we will help you select the treatment that will allow you to smile, eat, and speak with confidence. If you have lost an entire upper or lower arch of teeth, we encourage you to contact our office in Conway. Dr. Collins will go over all of your options for full-arch restoration and work with you to treat your condition.
In addition to traditional full-arch replacement, Dr. Collins offers treatment using the nSequence technique. This is a fantastic option for patients requiring a more extensive treatment process involving tooth extractions or bone grafting. The technique utilizes the latest in CT-guided surgery technology, providing patients with a host of benefits as a result.
- More Predictable Outcomes: By performing surgery using the nSequence technique, our team can plan each step of the surgery in advance. Taking the guesswork out of surgery makes the outcome more predictable and minimizes the chance that complications will arise during treatment.
- Faster Restoration: Extensive lab work is usually required to prepare your custom appliance for placement. With the help of the CT-guided device used for nSequence, Dr. Collins can ensure a shorter surgery time and that your temporary device is ready for immediate placement.
- A More Comfortable and Stable Fit: With traditional restoration options, the creation of your custom-designed teeth often requires several appointments and fittings. This process ensures your new set of teeth fit properly and comfortably. With nSequence, Dr. Collins and your restorative dentist can provide the same perfect fit using the virtual diagnostic technology and largely eliminate the need for multiple appointments. In most cases, the final appliance created in the nSequence treatment is fabricated from zirconium and is more stable than a traditional appliance.
The nSequence technique is a significant technological advancement in an already revolutionary treatment. Patients who need a full-arch restoration and are looking for the most advanced treatment available should consider the nSequence technique. Dr. Collins will discuss your options for treatment with you when you visit our office for your consultation. Whether you choose the standard full-arch replacement or the advanced nSequence technique, you can feel confident that we will restore your smile and oral function.